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Finally, Some Good News for Trayvon Martin’s Best Friend

Finally, Some Good News for Trayvon Martin’s Best Friend

Rachel Jeantel was the last person to ever speak to Trayvon Martin, besides, possibly, his killer George Zimmerman.

Speaking to Jeantel on his cell phone as he walked toward his father’s house, Martin told her he was being followed. She advised him to run away from the man who would ultimately kill him. Jeantel testified that she heard a bump, the sound of wet grass and Martin saying “get off of me.” Then, the phone went dead, and she would never hear Martin’s voice again.

On top of losing her best friend, Jeantel experienced the trauma of hearing some of Trayvon’s last words. And, as if that weren’t enough, Jeantel, in exchange for her testimony, was disrespected by Zimmerman’s lawyer and mercilessly criticized and mocked on social media.

But Tuesday, Jeantel was finally validated. Tom Joyner, the host of the radio show “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” offered Jeantel a scholarship to any historically black college or university (HBCU) she wants to attend. There are approximately 100 HBCUs in the country, including Tuskegee University, Joyner’s Alma Mater. Joyner was moved by Jeantel’s testimony and her interview with Piers Morgan, though he didn’t understand why Morgan didn’t ask her about her plans for the future. So, Joyner invited Jeantel onto his show and said:

“Here’s my offer to you, if you want to graduate from high school and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters, Bethune Cookman or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that… I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like.”

Jeantel responded by saying, “thank you.” The support for Jeantel will come from Joyner’s organization The Tom Joyner Foundation, whose mission is “supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with scholarship, endowment, and capacity building enhancements.” Joyner wrote to The Grio: “At the Tom Joyner Foundation, our passion is focused on helping students fulfill their dreams at HBCUs… We’re going to do everything we can to help Rachel Jeantel to pursue her dreams of getting a college education.  We look forward to helping her experience the nurturing environment that an HBCU offers that has helped so many students over the years succeed.”

You can support the foundation here.

Congratulations, Ms. Jeantel!

(You can see Joyner explaining his decision to Piers Morgan in the video below.)

 

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1:15AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Noted.

2:29PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

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Out of School & Off Track:
The Overuse of Suspensions in
American Middle and High Schools
By Daniel J. Losen and Tia Elena Martinez
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In this first of a kind breakdown of data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, we estimate that well over two million students were suspended during the 2009-2010 academic year. This means that one out of every nine secondary school students was suspended at least once during that year. As other studies demonstrate, the vast majority of suspensions are for minor infractions of school rules, such as disrupting class, tardiness, and dress code violations, rather than for serious violent or criminal behavior.
Serious incidents are rare and result in expulsions, which are not covered by this report. ...

... The findings of this report also highlight critical civil rights concerns related to the high frequency of secondary school suspensions. We focus on secondary schools because children of color and students from other historically disadvantaged groups are far more likely than other students to be suspended out of school at this level. ...

2:27PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

(continued)

Pat K. regarding:'how many kids are suspended just for "tardiness"? HOw many times was he tardy and why?, Schools now days, rarely suspend unless it is something much more serious. For tardiness you typically get detention anymore. ...'



This may be different in your area, but you might want to have a look at:

http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/federal-reports/out-of-school-and-off-track-the-overuse-of-suspensions-in-american-middle-and-high-schools/OutofSchool-OffTrack_UCLA_4-8.pdf


Out of School & Off Track:

The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools


By Daniel J. Losen & Tia Elena Martinez
A P R I L 8 , 2 0 1 3 • T H E C E N T E R F O R C I V I L R I G H T S R E M E D I E S


Out of School & Off Track:
The Overuse of Suspensions in
American Middle and High Schools
By Daniel J. Losen and Tia Elena Martinez
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
in this first of a kind breakdown of data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, we estimate that well over two million students were suspended during the 2009-2010 academic year. This means that one out of every nine secondary school students was suspended at least once during that year. As other studies demonstrate, the vast majority of suspensions are for minor infractions of school rules, such as disrupting class, tardiness, and dress code violations, rather than for serious violent or c

2:25PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Lisa D., the offer of a scholarship was made by an individual to show solidarity and support, because Jeantel was publicly sneered at because society and the educational system had failed her, resulting in poor grammar, use of slang and general inarticulateness which caused her testimony to be regarded as 'untrustworthy' by some.

This was not her fault, nor was it related to being Black except in that discriminatory societal issues, including lack of educational funding for certain area schools, tend to create these issues for people in certain areas of the US, so that someone with the capacity to do so attempted to at least do what he could to partially right this injustice for that person on his own.

It's pretty darned pathetic that the area of the US she lived in failed to live up to its responsibility to give kids a decent education, but this is far from a priority in Republican-controlled areas, where typically only embryos and fetuses seem to matter, and are provided a great deal more concern than adult women's and living children's lives and futures.



Pat K. regarding:'how many kids are suspended just for "tardiness"? HOw many times was he tardy and why?, Schools now days, rarely suspend unless it is something much more serious. For tardiness you typically get detention anymore. ...'



This may be different in your area, but you might want to have a look at:

http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/sc

4:41AM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

I think it's stupid.
Why should you be rewarded for being the last person a person spoke to before he / she died?
The same thing happens to thousands of people on a daily basis, all over the world! She is special because this case is simply more famous than the others?
If I were her i would have been insulted with the offer of an eductaion in exchange for her testimony.

4:30PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Because the media either chose not to reveal the rest of the story but the judge certainly squashed many fo the rest of the facts avound TM.. Are you even aware what he did in the past making from his AZ watermelon tea and skittles and cough syrup. It is called "LEAN" Why did he drop out of school? If he was such a model kid why no recent current pictures of him at his 17 BD. He was guilty of making some very poor choices. Would you or I beat up on some body because they were asking you a question or following you? They found a bunch of stolen jewery in his locker at school but didn't have him charged d/t concerns about the stigma with a black kid getting arrested at school. This happened before he quite. This facts were not allowed to be revealed by the judge during the trial.. I call that stacking the deck against GZ.. If anyone should be investigated for civil disobedience it would be DOJ and Mr. Ovomit for race baiting. How easy some swallow the lies that are fed to some.. Examine all the facts and you will see what truly transpired.. Del R.

3:01PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

how many kids are suspended just for "tardiness"? HOw many times was he tardy and why?, Schools now days, rarely suspend unless it is something much more serious. For tardiness you typically get detention anymore. Part of the "no child left behind". More people are judged by the clothes they wear than the color of their skin, especially teens. Black and baggy clothes have been the norm for years, tatooes and piercings. Kids have been harassed for those and still are. Its really sad, but were are a socialist country and have been for years. People are judged more by appearances. Not to say the are no racial issues, but it much more than that.

2:00PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

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Is it seriously being suggested that Americans citizens do not have a right to walk in public without being followed, terrified and harassed by busybodies who do not even identify themselves to minors as 'concerned citizens', rather than the predators kids are warned about, to flee from or, if cornered, fight against for their lives?


I would add the old adage about all cats looking black in the dark, something that could apply to us all, on a dark street on an early winter night, to a paranoid with a gun - and could also be applied to those who shoot blindly from the darkness of their own ignorance.

1:55PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Re-posting this:

Trayvon Martin was a nice, middle-class kid who was described by one of his teachers in an interview as 'majoring in cheerfulness', explaining that he was NOT a troublemaker or a violent child, and that he'd been suspended for tardiness.

Math was his favorite subject, he was very creative, and he was going to be an engineer, if he'd lived to grow up, rather than being killed not long after turning 17.

Far from having a 'deprived' upbringing, he was taking flying lessons, because of his interest in aviation - anyone have any idea how much flying lessons cost, among those of you who disrespect the poor because 'they must deserve poverty or they'd be rich'?

Even going by that superficial and crass criteria of assigning worth to people based on monetary value shifts Trayvon out of this 'thugifying' smear range.

But even if he HAD fit the stereotype, the fact remains that he had a perfect right, just like anyone else, to walk down public streets, and was merely innocently heading to a relative's house, where he was staying, when he was chased down and killed by a strange adult with a gun because of the assumptions that man leapt to and acted upon, against all Neighbourhood Watch rules.

1:21PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Does "Stand Your Ground" apply to all people of all colors, gender, ethnicity or only to some?

Did Trayvon have the right to stand his ground... as Pres Obama asked? vav a stalker?

If yes, then Zimmerman is guilty of murder.

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