By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
The Trayvon Martin trial is a very controversial trial, and the teen’s slaying has been one that has pretty much brought racial tensions of the country back to the forefront. Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman just moments after his call with friend Rachel Jeantel dropped. Rachel took the stand in order to give her accounts of what she heard before the call ended, and her words have become a huge target of criticism. To no surprise, most people are more fixated on the young woman’s speech and grammar than what she’s really talking about on the stand. And if the case itself wasn’t full of racial undertones enough, the remarks made about this young woman take the cake. One reporter even referred to her as “Precious” yesterday while giving an account of what she said in the courtroom.
This of course has made many people furious and R&B singer Fantasia Barrino is one of those angered by the criticism. She posted a meme in support of Rachel Jeantel and wrote in the caption:
Sad that an innocent young man lost his life at the hands of another man, and here it is someone doing what they can for justice and she’s being crucified. Worst part of it all, mostly by her own people. Please stop the hate people, I’ve dealt with this type of hate far too long, to the point I’m numb to it but this young lady deserves better than what we deal with as celebrities. She is doing a deed in support of justice for Trayvon, give her a little more respect. To make it easy, if you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all. #justiceforTrayvon
Of course not everyone was happy with Fantasia’s supportive rant that called for unity in the black community, in fact some were outraged by it. One angry fan writes:
F*CK OUTTA HERE…IF YOUR IGNORANT YOUR IGNORANT…AND JUST BECAUSE SHE OF BLACK DON’T MEAN YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO ACT LIKE YOU DON’T HEAR OR SEE THE SH*T SHE SAY OR DO….AND SHE NOT TRYING TO DO NO GOOD DEED..H*LL SHE DON’T EVEN WANT TO BE THERE…SHE’S NOT HELPING THE PROSECUTION
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