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July 16th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Rachel Jeantel on Trayvon Martin as a friend, and her response to national criticism

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  • The woman that knew Trayvon Martin best

The verdict is in, the news is out, and the nation remains divided. But regardless of your opinion of the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial, this much is fact: the public knows a whole lot more about the defendant than the boy he killed. But his good friend, and the last person he spoke to other than Zimmerman – Rachel Jeantel – knew him better than most. On Monday evening, the young woman who had unwillingly become the star of the trial joined “Piers Morgan Live” with her first public interview since testifying for the prosecution last month.

In painting a picture of the young man whose death reignited conversations about civil rights on an international scale, Jeantel made a point to respond to the allegations that Trayvon Martin was some sort of trouble maker:

“He was a calm, chill, loving person. Loved his family, definitely his mother. And a good friend," Jeantel told Piers Morgan, in an exclusive, face to face conversation.

Notwithstanding occasional marijuana use, which “don't make him go crazy, it just make him go hungry,” Jeantel maintained that Trayvon is an upstanding young man: he isn’t aggressive, doesn’t lose his cool, and isn’t involved with guns.

So why wasn’t all of this more apparent during the trial? Jeantel felt simply that there was a disconnect from the jurors and lawyers. Whether generational or cultural, Jeantel surmised that those in positions of judgement did not understand the world from which she and Martin came.

  • Jeantel responds to attacks

Referencing her appearance in court, Jeantel noted that it was difficult to testify on behalf of the state, admitting to Piers Morgan that she was under the weight of unimaginable stress:

“You were just on the phone with the person. And he sounded normal. And then a situation happened, and then I'm finding out two days later he's dead," the guest detailed. "Then I had to be - by a friend telling me, oh, do you know he died at 7:17? And I had to look at my phone. My phone says 7:16. And people got the nerve to tell me, oh, why didn't you come to the funeral? I didn't put Trayvon at the funeral. I didn't put Trayvon in the casket. That's what people need to understand. I did not plan for that week to be at a funeral. That day I was so shaken, like wow, it's really happening, he's really dead?”

And after a deeply revealing conversation about her relationship with Martin, Jeantel had the chance to react to the discriminatory attacks she received through social media in the days following her court appearance.

In response to comments made by Juror B37 during an interview on CNN's "AC360," Jeantel admitted to being angry:

“When the state closed they're trying to explain what kind of person I am. You can see the kind of person I am.”

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  1. Michael Hall

    I was waiting for the African American community & in your interview with Rachel Jeantel to finally bring up blaming the jury about the outcome of their verdict. May I remind these ignorant people that bring this up that jury selection is a process that both the prosecution & defense are involved in & this jury was a jury that both sides were agreeable with, be it "5 whites & 1 minority". If this is Rachel's position then she should be blaming the prosecution for "screwing up" for agreeing to this this jury mix!!

    July 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zamboom

      I agree thank you she's arrogant and ignorant and a racist. I can't fathom why anyone would consider anything this Rachel Jeantel would say after her disrespectful behavior she's appalling and unacceptable this is an outrage she offensive please stop playing this. I cannot believe the media continues to fuel this jury's decision and outcome by perpetuating these interviews you are causing more problems in the end stop it's over let it go MOVE ON!

      July 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        Some show indicated that the prosecution disqualified a male juror who was black due to his sick views:

        he watched Fox News and was challenged for that or some lesser reason. It was not from Facebook but from HLN or CNN or MSNBC or less likely Fox News. Fox News makes you unacceptable to the prosecution even when black and male.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Petra

        Rachel Jeantel has the intellect of a baby flea. She is indeed an ignorant, arrogant, disgusting, disrespectful racist. It's time the lamestream, left wing media stop trying to turn her into some sort of media darling. Thank God for Tivo. And this Piers dude needs to go back to the UK where he belongs, he's a pathetic replacement for Larry King.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • hermanngerman

        I I absolutely agree with you Zaboon – Rachel Jeantel was the ‘Prosecutor’s Star Witness’ and the onus was on them (the prosecutors) to at least brief her on how to act in court and if they had no time to do it, find a Lawyer who is capable.. In her defense I do believe she had an attorney but he/she obviously did not do a good job. The Defense had the right to cross examine her and the Jury decision should be final…
        I found Rachel to be rude, racist, and offensive and everything you have mentioned. Also her education needs to be desired and who is to be blamed for this? Whilst watching the trial and after Rachel had testified, there were remarks made by the media to the effect that “the Jury was so taken in by the fact that she could not write cursive and how sorry they felt for her and how sad they looked’ – I took exception to this and also to the fact that she should actually use the N word and many more racial slurs and also disrespect the defense lawyer by uttering “retard” and much more unacceptable phrases.
        There are too many ‘what if’s’! If GZ did not get out of the car, if TM had run home and the best of all “why did the shouting stop when the shot was heard” – think for yourself, when TM stopped bashing GZ head into the concrete, GZ had no reason to continue shouting for help… It is OVER and no more assumptions should be made.
        I can only reiterate what you have said, namely: ‘I cannot believe the media continues to fuel this jury's decision and outcome by perpetuating these interviews you are causing more problems in the end stop it's over let it go MOVE ON’!

        July 18, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Y Walker

      Even though I find your statement to be on the extreme angry side I do agree with you. The Prosecution blew this on a large scale. So now Zimmerman gets to walk and kill another unarmed Black kid. Anyone believing he won't do it again, is insane. Let's all keep something in mind here; ignorant, uneducated or what not, no matter what happened, it will always boil down to the fact that Zimmerman was told to stay in the car and let the cops handle it. He did not do that! In my opinion he's guilty! Normal as he once knew it is now gone. He is going to be another Casey Anthony! Thank you FL for sucking on everything you do where the law is concerned!

      July 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        Mark O'Mara tonight correctly pointed out there are a thousand points where a change in direction would have ended the chance for the death of Trayvon, but we are left with what did happen and the rights and the wrongs of those who did each act.

        Y you are on the mark that normal as George knew it is over, but no one can see that coming while walking and looking and trying to continue diligently a thankless voluntary job.

        Y, Trayvon attacked with no prior physical attack on himself and won the fight again and again, by a broken nose and punches on the face and forehead and bangs to the head on concrete, but normal as Trayvon knew it, when George failed to get the Help he was begging for in a wounded scream and drew the gun and fired, more than ended but was rather totally eviscerated and none of us in the USA wanted that for Trayvon, but the die was cast irrevocably.

        July 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Don Ball

    I saw you interview with Miss Jeantel and i believe about half of what she says.
    1. She called all blondes stupid.
    Most blondes i know are educated and law abiding.
    2. She stated if she had a disagreement the first thing to do was fight.
    3. She also mentioned we live in a different world than her.
    Thank god for that. If my family live in her neighbored how long would we last without a robery or home invasion or worse.
    Don Ball

    July 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

      I only watched the best of and must say I would confirmation of your claims of such statements. I worked with a girl of similar speech and disposition who hated me for my race and only near the end did she begin to accept me as a near acceptable person. Still her best friend at work was white and that best friend protected me from the bum of boss, i.e., we shared the same friend but I could never be accepted as a person worth anything by her, the young over-weight black woman who had as much on the ball or more as Rachel but you had to listen to find it. Still I was a white devil solely due to my race. Sad.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      RJ is the "new america" ignorant, uneducated, biased, and racist.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • YWalker

        Joe, White America has always been exactly the way you describe "RJ" with miniscule improvement. The minute something goes wrong you use the "N" word and any other racist terms you can drum up. Do you think that rights any wrongs? Of course not. Let's take a really good example here: when 9/11 happened, Whites hit the streets rioting across the country jumping on, and beating up people they "presumed" to be Muslims. They were so ignorant, stupid and laughable in their attacks that they beat up a Latino and an Indian man from India, because he was wearing a turban! When have you ever seen Muslims wear turbans?! So do you consider that right? But it's OK for Whites to attack anyone they please even if they're too stupid and culturally ignorant to know who the hell they are attacking? Maybe you should rethink your anger and put it into perspective. Better yet take a look at the man in the mirror before you judge others, especially if you know nothing about their culture. I see you contributing to the problem rather than helping to find solutions. Lashing out at Blacks isn't going to change anything except increase your level of ignorance. Here's a thought, why don't you get to know some Blacks and see if YOUR racisit opinions remains in tact. I suspect you won't step out of your comfort zone. You talk big but cower in a corner when it's time to put up, so I suggest you shut up!

        July 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • YWalker

      Good thing this is a free country Don, where you have the right to say what you please, because you are an ignorant racist too. That's part of the problem, it's good for the goose but not for the gander. She has a right to feel how she feels and she never said that robberies were happening in her area. I never heard that. You need to learn how to spell instead of writing with anger. Anger solves nothing...really!

      July 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        Y you are clearly well-educated and angry enough to ignore the facts on the fight. Only one side was shot and killed and only one side was roughed up. Some of your answers do not allow a reply for me for whatever reason per the rules so some may look as if they are ignored. Rest assured I will answer any question any time.

        As to turbans and Muslims, it is you who are ignorant if you really meant to say that it was an Indian man who wears the turban and never the Muslim. The men in India who wear turban include the Sikh who are separate from Hindu and Moslem and at times most adverse to each of them. It was a Sikh who was killed as a Muslim.

        However Ayman al‑Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden are classically shown in turbans in their formal photos. They, despite your pronouncement, are Muslims in Muslim garb. You would be right had you only said Arabs do not tend to wear turbans, but Arabs can be Druze, Christians as well as Muslims mainly (and other less known faiths). The Pathans with whom al-Zawahiri and bin Laden fought the Russians and they adopted the turbans of the very Muslim Pathan group with whom they fought. Thus you blanked out as to the portraits commonly associated with these two top Al-Qaeda leaders and with one of the main Afghani-Pakistani ethnic groups who wear turbans quite a bit.

        As to Jews being the first people on the planet, most modern Christians would deny that as would ancient Christians and the same for Jews and agnostics and atheists. Jews did not come together as a people until Abraham and certainly did not exist at the time of Adam and Eve nor at the time of Noah nor at the time of the Abraham's forebears up to Noah as Abram is viewed as the Jewish patriarch by Jews and by Christians and took the name Abraham as set forth in the Bible and Christian and Jews tend toward acceptance of this Biblical message..

        July 17, 2013 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. ruth tribue

    When is it allowed for a juror to apply their own look into a case. How can a juror state "I believe that Trevon thought he wasn't going to let George have this one up on him", This was not evident and could not be considered in the verdict. Seems like a personal opinion. Seems like only Zimmerman had a right to stand his ground by juror B57. If this was the base of the jury decision it's a poor base. But we know now it did, Juror B57 stated in part 2 of the interview. The Stand Your Ground law means you can provoke the incident and if you're losing you can kill the person.Being pursued without cause is enough to cause one to attack first.

    July 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nate

      If your ever behind me on the sidewalk, watch out. I'll get a 'tude then punch you in the nose and bang your head on the cement.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

      The only provocation to attack is an imminent attack which we had no basis to see it likely to have emanated from the milktoast George Zimmerman. If we had a witness to George swinging and clearly missing (Trayvon had no evidence of a worthy punch), and then Trayvon punching that would have been a start but not cause for a 45 second one sided beating with one side in extremis screaming for Help repeatedly and the other one pounding. At the 20 second mark it might have been too soon and same at the 45 second mark...except for the incredible pathetic tone of the Help on the tape which screamed loudly that it was well time for Trayvon to have stopped. It is too bad it was not a stun gun but whatever arms in his control that screamer was allowed to use in self-defense, once you assess what was being rained down on him and at him. You do not want to begin to destroy some guy with your fists and the ground and pound, until you check what his waistband may be hiding.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • YWalker

        Kin what makes you so sure the screamer was Zimmerman? Because Zimmerman said so?! I think that should have been tossed out of the evidence pile because there was no proof who the screamer was. No one knows who that really was but Zimmerman and Trayvon. Oh yeah! Trayvon's dead so he can't give testimony to what really happened!!!

        July 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        The jurors from the testimony accepted George's quick claim of being the one screaming Help repeated to no avail for a variety of reasons. I as an American will for now accept the juror's verdict which was based in part on this. However should evidence be found contradicting this, I will be happy to weigh the elements of credibility anew, just find some new evidence at this late date on that issure.

        July 17, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • YWalker

      Amen Ruth! So far you're the only person blogging that's made an ounce of sense! That is exactly how I saw it too! Trayvon was walking in his Father's neighborhood which also happened to be shared by Zimmerman, minding his own business just being a teenager. Zimmerman aka Wanna Be Bad Ass followed him because he was Black, provoked a fight then killed him when he was losing! Trayvon didn't have a chance to defend himself against a fatal bullet. The worst for me was hearing the Coroner and Cops never tried to find out who he was to identify to his parents for 3 days! Who does that now days?! Then they botched the evidence! Gee what a surprise! As far as I'm concerned they participated in the entire thing by not having ANY respect for a dead teenager, someone's son, when his parents were wondering where he was. What a way to find out your son is dead. Racism in this country is out of control and has been since Obama got into DC and prior to. Whites, most especially Southern Whites, need to get over the fact that they lost the damn Civil War! Blacks are no longer slaves and property! They are not animals to be hunted down! So if anyone should get over it, it's White Americans that don't understand just how serious this is! I can guarantee if Zimmerman was Black and Trayvon White, the story would be much worse and "unjust" in White eyes. The problem I see with many Whites especially those not knowing anyone Black, is that you have no ability to put the shoe on the other foot! Try it one day! You might be surprised by what you see!

      July 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        Name the acts that provoked the fight by George Zimmerman. Were any sufficient to qualify as physical assault as shown on George's face and forehead and back of his head? Answer no sign of any injury on Trayvon other than a single gun shot upwards into the heart.

        Under well-settled English common law of centuries duration, that allows self defense to be useable to yield a justifiable homicide. Piers rejects English common law as being American primitive, but I wager it is still the law in England and became our law after the revolution (common law as existing in some year probably 1776 when we declared free of the British but accepted the useful part of their imperfect laws–we jettisoned taxation without representation and their limitation of separation of church and state almost...).

        July 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • YWalker

        Kin, you keep failing to remember that Trayvon wasn't walking the streets with a gun looking to provoke someone into a fight so he could shoot and KILL them! But Zimmerman the Wanna Be Cop was! But obviously you are on the side of Zimmerman. I hope that you do not live any where near me because you sound like a Zimmerman wanna be. The fact remains Trayvon is dead and cannot tell his side now can he? Maybe you should ponder that...

        July 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        Y you seem to believe that George was gunning for Trayvon.. Explain the many injuries to George, the witnesses who said the larger man (Trayvon taller and in the hooded overgarment) was on top or the man in the red (George for sure) was on the bottom. Why was George dinged at all whilst gunning for Trayvon in the least much less in the multiple fashion testified to the nationally respected medical examiner? Or do you think Trayvon attacked George pointing a gun and did all that but could never get the gun and finally George had enough injuries that it was safe finally to pull the trigger? There is only one general story that makes sense and it is the one that is censored from the black community rendering them uninformed, ill-informed and manipulated to hate Zimmerman and all who could possibly defend his actions. The haters are winning and there is little but a review of what makes sense with all that is known that might stop it. But that is not discussed and it is the leaving the truck and the following and then shooting the unarmed black young man as though that is a fair version of the likely reality.

        July 17, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Roberto

        Dear YWalker,

        It appaears that you and many others on this, and other blogs, are feeding into CNN's ability to incite hostile emotions to the point that you begin trashing each other. This kind of junk is what keeps their wallets full of money – pitting one side against the other. Open your mind as you look and listen to the reporters. People like Piers and Anderson Cooper get paid to keep the flame burning until it goes completely out. People on these blogs that are trying to stuff their own views down someone's throat is exactly how we got to this point in the first place. Thank good for the young adolescents that shake their head, wondering what in the world is wrong with us! They're our biggest hope, until people like this taint their open mind. Hurry up and grow up!

        July 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • DIRTYSIX

        Do you care. If she only had a gun. May 19 2013 Woman (white) killed for tip money, 2 men (Black) charged, 1 at large WLS-AM Chicago SCHERERVILLE – Three men have been charged with killing 24-year-old Jacqueline Gardner and taking the tip money she earned from her restaurant job on May 19.

        July 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joi suissa

    It is amazing that people can make any negative comments about Rachel Jeantel. She never wanted the hand she was dealt. So the public and media should just let her be. If you travel our country there are plenty of Americans you would have a hard time understanding. The other day Honey Boo Boos mother was on Good Morning America and i couldn't not understand anything she said. I am sure they had captions at the bottom of the screen. Anyone who watches reality shows like Honey Boo Boo should never have nasty comments about Miss Jeantel. People choose to watch that crap.

    July 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr.Smith

      I don't watch Honey Boo Boo cause she is just as stupid as RJ. You say she didn't want any of this, but she gladly showed up on Piers Morgan? I get that she didn't want to testify or be in the court room for two days. However, after the verdict she has no problem to go on Piers Morgan for the spotlight when she could have said no. If she didn't want it then she shouldn't have went on the show.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • YWalker

      Amen Joi! I agree Ms. Jeantel did not ask to be put in that position. She was a witness and is being crucified for it, and no one here is defending her but you. But that racist money-grubbing juror was OK to say what she pleased with no White criticism at all! She is a racist and so is the entire city of Sanford. In fact, the state of FL has prevailed in racism in the last decade to shame that of anything AL and MS ever did! I'm glad that greedy juror lost her book deal! She shouldn't be allowed to capitalize on Trayvon's death. The Zimmerman family should pay her for her services.

      July 17, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        That diatribe was anger to the infinite degree. You may some time look at the facts, but that seems unlikely.

        July 17, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nate

    Nice softball interview, Morgan goes soft. Ask why after four chances Jeantel suddenly remembers the most important part of phone call "Get off ,get off". Said it so flat and without emotion you could see the Martin's lawyers lips moving along with her. So coached.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

      Let us resurrect the Lie Detector show and test Rachel and test George (oh, he already passed but test him one more time for show).

      July 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

        I agree with the poster that Rachel failed the voice stress test but let us try the lie detector test and see if a flat delivery is coupled with high readings on the lie detecting readings. I would pay to see that test, but only for Rachel as George has several tests (maybe) timely done and done freely with no concerns to show the truthfulness of the main aspects of his version. And if not, test George for the first time by all means as the show must continue past a trial of his peers (no males but of his peers as the black male was excluded by the prosecution).

        July 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • YWalker

        Kin, uuuuhhhhh did you miss the part when she said that they supeneoed her phone records ,and proved she was on the phone with him a minute before his death? Amazing how that selective hearing works...

        July 17, 2013 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Geo

    Have you guys noticed how like Pierce likes to talk to those who wants to turn this case into racial case? But, He always argues with GZ Lawrer even though the guy makes sence when he asnwered his questions from legar and moral sides. So there were some ryots in LA last night and I think Pierce should feel some responsibility for it

    July 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • YWalker

      Geo have you heard of ratings????? The media is doing what the media is supposed to do: sensationalize and gain ratings.

      July 17, 2013 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ruby

    I am very unhappy with Piers Morgan making any comparison with George Zimmerman and OJ Simpson. Shame shame on him I have to wonder what his agenda is. He is not the journalist I thought he was. I have watched Piers from his start, but I am starting to think ixsnay with him. He agitates prejudice. Maybe better for me to quit watching him.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kin Mapper (aka Fight.the.corrupt)

      No, watch Piers and come here and hold his feet to the fire each time Piers violates English common law or world-wide common sense as he did tonight as to simple and well-understood self defense with Mark O'Mara and then agreeing with Nick Cannon that the two of them knew self-defense better than past well-settled law of the last millennium (only detailed in the last half of that millennium).

      If you and others do this and watch and respond, we will be smelling perfumed English tootsies roasting most any night the man shows up to work. I will do it on occasion but I might have to watch the real world also.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • YWalker

      Ruby choose to watch him or not, he made the comparison because it's true. I liked Sean Hannity too until he sided with Zimmerman and got away from his factual reporting habits. He's a racist in my eyes. OJ killed his ex-wife – the mother of his children – and a man he presumed to be her lover, someone's beloved son. They both got away with murder in the corrupt justice system. I don't see how any jury can fairly and accurately come up with a verdict when evidence is admitted and thrown out of court like people change underwear. While I really don't agree with the verdict handed down, I wasn't on the jury and don't know what they were truly faced with. However, I have to respect their decision. God will deal with Zimmerman, his ruined life and conscious (if he has one) will right every wrong he did to Trayvon. I repeat: Zimmerman was a trained fighter and shooter, Trayvon was unarmed and not stalking Zimmerman, it was the other way around! Trayvon in the eyes or blindness of justice had no right to defend himself. He was supposed to allow Zimmerman to do whatever he chose to him per the opinions of the very ignorant and uneducated in America...what a shame...I abhor stupidity.

      July 17, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Joe

    Piers, What is Black America's point? It doesn't appear to me that they care about justice. All they care about is getting a conviction. So, .....a black male can do anything now, and you get an all black jury for "justice" and voila, it's justice?

    It appears to me that Blacks will refuse to convict other Blacks in particular if they committed a crime on a white person. Just look at how the Black community is salivating over a racial conviction even is spite of Zimmerman being the least racist person I've ever seen. He takes a black girl to the prom, he was raised with other black children in his household, he mentors young black children, and he tries to help a old black homeless man who was beaten and the case wasn't going anywhere. Why aren't you on his side? Zimmerman didn't care about race and that's obvious to anyone who cares to look at the FACTS.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • YWalker

      Joe, Whites do the same thing when it comes to convicting Blacks. The number of wrongly convicted Blacks behind bars today is astounding. But you wouldn't know anything about that unless the crime was reverse. Then you'd be up in arms and angry if the Black community said they didn't know what you were up in arms about! You don't see the racism in Zimmerman because you identify with him. You're about as ignorant and dumb as you say Ms. Jeantel is. Take the plank out of your own eye...fool!

      July 17, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Joe

    Piers reminds me of the kid who would stand outside the circle when 2 kids were squaring off after school inside a circle while Piers runs around the circle and yells "hit him, hit him".

    July 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joe

    If these people claim race "profiling" is the whole thing then nobody can ever question any black male lurking around their neighborhood.whether they're cutting through yards, standing in yoiur front yard or peering in your windows.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joe

    They also act like white people are running around gunning down black males when blacks are killing other blacks 99% of the time. They're killing each other at a ridiculous furious pace, and they're going crazy about this. Yet what are they doing or saying about that,......not much from what I see.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Joe

    Blacks would've convicted Zimmerman. What's the surprise in the that? Blacks wouldn't have cared one whit about the evidence either. The "cracka" was guilty. Who cares if he was beating the hell out of someone? The "cracka" deserved the beating,.....right? Isn't that right Piers? Oh, that's right, it was not a beating, fact little tiny innocent Trayvon practically still in diapers barely touched him.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Formee

    As I began write I wanted to say I was wishing to be white but I thought about Jesus and had a second thought. What color was Jesus?. But again Jesus died for a cause, black man is dying in vain, so please does any one know how I can become white.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • YWalker

      Formee are you kidding or are you serious? If you're kidding I'm not laughing. If you're serious then you are an absolute fool. Jesus was a Jew which means He was Middle Eastern – duh! Take some geography lessons. Just because Catholics depict Him as White does not mean He was. You need to get an NIV Bible and truly read it. Start with the section pertaining to the Tower of Babble. You just made yourself sound really stupid and very ignorant. More stupidity and ignorance is not what America needs. Hence the reason we rank so low in education in the world. In addition, God did not create the world to be all White. They were not the first people on this planet, Jews were, like it or not! I think Whites have their own set of problems: one being lack of exposure and acceptance of other cultures living their way not the "White" way, and shear paranoia that causes them to be quick to pull a trigger just like Zimmerman, then cry "self defense" with zero proof. Is that what you want to be Formee? I say you should be proud to be who and what God made you. He loves you just the way you are and you are perfection in His eyes.

      July 17, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Formee

        Thanks for the reply but don't be quick to throw the harsh words. I know Jesus was not white but he is the son of God and our savior. Me saying I want to be white is more like saying I want the same treatment the whites are getting. How can I get that? What do I need to do? In other words how can become white?

        July 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lashone

    You are still the man. I want you to interview Rachel's whole family to show everyone the future. Truth Pierce. Truth. You will be the head of CNN – hope soon. Maybe you and Rachel could have a talk show together. Ratings and the Truth. Keep it up Piers.

    July 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. tressa

    Here is our visiting useful idiot from the UK who uses every incident to try to denigrate the USA...Does anyone really think he would have this girl on his show if only to exploit her? I feel sorry for her as she has the intelligence of a 3 year old and needs remedial classes in school.. Rachael is a product of the exploitation of the black community by the Sharptons and the Jacksons....they are used and then told to go back to the plantation until the next crisis or election...But they will never learn that outside forces do not have their best interests at heart...Piers Morgan...shame on you. Your exploitation of this case should really show people that you have worn out your welcome in the US...You don't like America...go home..Oh wait I forgot, they don't want you back right?

    July 17, 2013 at 1:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. T-Rex

    I do not understand this whole thing. White on Black Crime is Racist? Is Black on White racist? Asian on Black racist? Hispanic on Amish racist? Isn't crime on one human being, just a crime? I think you should get the point! This may be an old saying... But, there is only one race... the "Human Race" (except for Reptiles, Aquatic Mammals, Birds, etc, etc, etc....) Golden Rule everyone, treat everyone as you would like to be treated.


    July 17, 2013 at 4:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Carol Cook

    So many people around the world thought the USA was a World Leader. The events and the actions of your Politicians, the Special prosecutor, the DA (of distract 18), Eric Holder and President Obama and your citizens have tarnished your reputation around the World. The statement that the woman Special Prosecutor stating Mr. Martin was a murderer shows she has very little respect for the the system she works in.Ow, let's not forget all your entertainers. I will be very selective with which music I purchase from now on. Why have a justice system if you don't respect the jurors when they make decisions? Let's not forget Eric Holder inflaming the situation. I am a white woman in Canada that was stopped by our Police the other day, a lovely Gentleman of Color. I treated this officer with respect and did not find a reason to feel I was being profiled. Turned out he stopped me because my tail pipe was hanging off and he wanted me to know so I would be safe. Is there any doubt as to why President Putin told your President to mind his own business in regard to a US citizen on their soil. PLEASE for your children stop this madness and move on.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • hermanngerman

      Well said Carol! I agree with you.

      July 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Name*john

    When cops are stopping u to help and stopping me as a suspect its hard for u to understand me

    July 17, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob T

      You're kidding, right? "When cops are stopping u to help...?" I've got a news flash for you, if you ever want to get a cop to stop following you, act like there is something wrong with your vehicle (BTW the vehicle has to be legally registered and appear in apparently good condition, working lights, unbroken windows/windshield, etc.), pull over, put on the emergency flashers and open the hood of the vehicle and look like you are trying to figure out what's wrong with it. You'll never see a cop try to get away from somewhere faster, I've had them say, "Do you need any help? No, okay," then hit the gas and leave without my ever saying a word. Also have heard them say, "Is everything alright?" When I say no, and start describing problems, like "I think it's the transmission," they exclaim, "Do you need a tow truck?" I say no, then they say, "sorry, I can't help you," then they leave. Pretty much happens every time, like the sun coming up every day.

      July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • hermanngerman

        I agree with you Bob T – perhaps Name*johnhe is confusing the word 'help' to be a racial comment, which is ridiculous...

        July 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Robert Collins

    And tell me Piers, how many times have you been properly buggered?

    July 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Exponal9746

    These right wing idiots need to be put in their place! Call Red Eye Radio between 1am-5am Eastern Time at 1-866-907-3339 and tell them you stand with Trayvon Martin! You can listen to them live on their website at We can do this folks!

    July 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Just wondering

    Just had a hilarious thought. Imagine if Larry Elder and Crystal Wright (conservative black chick) hooked up and produced a black baby. Can't you just imagine the finger pointing in the delivery room!!!!

    July 18, 2013 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. LJ

    What nobody seems to be saying, who thinks Zimmerman stalked and gunned down an unarmed teen, is why? He'd already phoned police. He knew they were on their way. He had no reason to grab Trayvon and attempt to hold him down while he screamed for help knowing the police were moments away. Then decided to shoot him because???? It doesn't make sense. Because one person in the situation is dead doesn't automatically make that person innocent and the other guilty of initiating the confrontation and participating in what ultimately ended in ones death. Facts are facts. Zimmerman called 911. He did his "watch" duty. He was returning to his car when TM confronted him and pummeled him to do some "whoop ass." Zimmerman had no way of knowing if TM was armed or not. When he feared for his life he didnt' stop to ask how old his assailant was and whether he had Skittles or a gun in his pocket. The cries for help on the 911 tape are Zimmerman's and it's apparent he feared for his life. TM's family didn't even think it was his voice until the time of the trial when they changed their story. I am very sorry for their loss. But every action has a reaction. Their sons actions created a reaction for the other person to defend his life. Facts, is facts people.

    July 18, 2013 at 3:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Dewbert McClinton

    I was feeling sorry for her until she stated that the term that Trayvon used, "Creepy-Ass Cracka," is not a racist term that refers to white people. C'mon. Do you think we're THAT dumb???

    July 20, 2013 at 3:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Michael Hall

    It is my understanding that someone has offered to pay for Rachel Jeantel's education. Good for her! There's never anything wrong with furthering one's education, given the opportunity. However I also believe it is her desire to seek a career in law enforcement. Really?? I would be very interested to know which law enforcement agency in these United States would hire her given her already racist views that is now part of public record!

    July 20, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
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