It’s been just over a year since the world was introduced to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin’s whose infamous testimony about what happened in the second before the teen was killed by George Zimmerman’s gun may have ended up doing more harm than good.
Jeantel was asked if she blamed herself when Zimmerman went free.
“A little bit,” she replied to CNN.
Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered,
“Act different.” Jeantel said the jurors in the case didn’t take her seriously as a witness, judging her for the way she looks and talks.
While Jeantel’s reading level was not above that of a third grader last summer, she has since turned her life around, undergoing intensive tutoring and graduating from high school this spring. She now credits the turnaround to her experience with the trial, saying she kept her word to Trayvon Martin to complete her high school education.
Even Tom Joyner offered to help provide scholarships so that she could pursue her collegiate education if she attended a historically black college or university.