Rachel Jeantel and Juror B37: 2 Women, 2 Stories

Adam Serwer, at MSNBC, examines the racial divide in America by comparing Rachel Jeantel and juror B37 in George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial.

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MSNBC's Adam Serwer examines the gulf between Rachel Jeantel and juror B37 in George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial, concluding that their "perceptions of the case and the two men involved" mirrors the racial divide in America.

Rachel Jeantel’s face lit up when describing how she and Trayvon Martin would sometimes talk on the phone all day. “He was a calm, chill, loving person. Loved his family, definitely his mother,” Jeantel said on CNN. “And a good friend.”

Poised and confident, the 19-year-old Jeantel came off differently than she did anxiously testifying before a Florida court about the last moments of Martin’s life. In a post-trial interview, a juror said bluntly that on the stand, Jeantel ”wasn’t credible.”

“I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communication skills. I just felt sadness for her,” the white, female juror told Anderson Cooper in an interview earlier this week. While Jeantel spoke at length about Martin, the juror–who has insisted on remaining anonymous -- was clearly moved by another person, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old and unarmed Martin in February, 2012. He said he acted in self-defense after he was attacked by Martin. A jury acquitted him of committing a crime.

“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly, that he went above and beyond what he really should have done,” said the Juror, identified only as Juror B37.

Read Adam Serwer's entire piece at MSNBC.

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