Rachel Jeantel Explains What Trayvon Martin Was Really Like [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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    RJ: Um, before the verdict I thought uh, justice will be served.

    ES: Right?

    RJ: And after the verdict justice did not serve. Um, I worked so hard and so focused to this case and this happened and I was upset, so. It’s what it is. So I got to still keep fighting for justice for Trayvon.

    ES: That’s right.

    RS: Now being like, you know, one of Trayvon Martin’s best friends, could you describe like what kind of person Trayvon Martin was? Because, you know, they really try to vilify him in the media. And like in most of the pictures you see of him you can see like he’s having a good time, always hanging out with, you know, with his siblings. Like what kind of person was he?

    RJ: Oh, he was a family guy. A family guy. I loving person, a good friend. And just somebody to talk to when you need help.

    ES: Right. And so many people have come to your defense and uplifted and supported you, one of those being Tom Joyner who has offered a full scholarship for you to go to college. Congratulations on that. He went to Tuskegee University, and so yes, I hope you Tuskegee, but that’s okay, as long as you …

    RS: And the Rickey Smiley Morning Show is gonna buy your first semester of books.

    RJ: (Laugh) Oh, thank you so much. Thank you, Rickey.

    RS: You’re welcome, baby. We don’t have Tom Joyner money, but we’ll get them books for you though.

    ES: We’ll get them for you.

    RS: And we’re going to take you to Target to get you, you know, drawers, deodorant, shampoo.

    ES: I’m not — would you stop saying drawers?

    M: It’s not like she’s going to need them if she’s getting ready to go to college.

    ES: They’re panties. They’re underwear. Don’t say drawers.

    RS: Okay, ain’t that right. Rachel? Right?

    RJ: Yes, Rickey.

    RS: (Laugh)

    RJ: (Laugh)

    ES: So Rachel, in that, what, what, because, in one of the interviews last night I saw that, uh, they were talking about, of course, the past year and a half of your life has been a whirlwind. You have not yet completed high school but you want to do that so that you can go to college, correct?

    RJ: Yes, I am.

    ES: And what do you want to major in?

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