Rachel Jeantel Responds to Being Labeled An Embarrassment to Black People

Photo Credit: HuffPost Live/YouTube
Photo Credit: HuffPost Live

By: Taren Vaughan

Another Rachel Jeantel interview took place today as key witness in the Trayvon Martin case Rachel Jeantel is getting a chance to tell more of her story now that the trial is over. Rachel gave her first interview since testifying with Piers Morgan on CNN earlier this week and she talked more about how Trayvon was as a person and spoke on the comments the jury and others who followed the trial closely have made about her. And while many people applauded Rachel for having the courage to give her testimony in the trial after her friend was murdered and she has been offered a full ride to college, there are those who have had some cruel things to say about Rachel. In an interview she did with HuffPost Live, Rachel was asked about how she feels about people who view her as an embarrassment to Black people. And she says:

“They say I was embarrassing them. Why? I put my face on a stage, the whole world watching and I’m embarrassing you? I’m fighting for you, to make sure nobody do that to your child, your nephew, your nieces, your brother, your daddy, your father, your mother, all that. And I’m embarrassing you? You should be appreciating. You should learn from this situation. If it happened to you or if it happened to someone in your family, would you step up? Or you’d just stand there and say ‘Oh, it ain’t my business?’ ‘Cause that’s what everybody’s thinking. I didn’t care about this. I ain’t wanna be there. It’s not I didn’t wanna be there…The best thing that I can tell everybody…Don’t judge a book by its cover. You don’t know the person. Nobody wanna be there in that situation. That’s the hot seat. It was hot. And my butt was burning. And I had to go on for ridiculous questions. And asking the same question doesn’t matter to the case. It’s what happened that night.”

Check out Rachel’s interview below and give us your thoughts on Rachel’s response and people referring to her as an embarrassment to Black people:


  1. I’m glad she said something about this. Why are people still looking for an approval by the same people killing your unarmed kids? GTFOH.

  2. It’s not easy to do what she did but the prosecution should have done a better job prepping her for the stand. #shrugs

  3. I’m rooting for this young woman. Hopefully, she will go to college and make something of herself.

  4. Wow, honestly my first impression of her during that trial wasn’t that great.. but she’s finding her voice now, and I’m glad she’s speaking up. Let the haters hate! Love her wisdom and confidence!

  5. I respect her for the courage and getting up there… I appreciate it Rachel, dont know why other people were nit picking her… some people just have nothing better to do. Smh.

  6. That’s right Rachel let them know…you were a true friend till the end…Trayvon would be proud…

  7. The Same People Talking Ish About Her Are now Hollering ‘justice For Trayvon’….Smh. Black People Please Sit Down.

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