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With the recently rendered "Not Guilty" verdict in the George Zimmeran trial still pacing the national conversation, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan asked his old "America's Got Talent" partner to offer his personal perspective:
"My grandfather was actually the one that told me this, being someone who grew up in the South. He said 'just because it's the law doesn't mean it's right,'" said Cannon, who spent much of the weekend voicing his dissatisfaction with the jury:
I’m tired of hearing these reporters gloat and reacting like Zimmerman was a vindicated victim, he still killed a child.
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) July 14, 2013
Joining the program for a live, face to face conversation, the host of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" elaborated:
"Civil rights to women's rights ... we're a growing nation and we've made some horrible decisions with the law and I believe right now that this law, whether it's 'stand your ground' or how this one was rolled out, was definitely the wrong decision. So it's unfortunate."
Rachel Jeantel’s testimony in the Zimmerman trial elicited an incredibly wide-reaching variety of responses, many of which were remarkably vindictive. But her appearances first on the stand, and subsequently in the studio with Piers Morgan happened to catch the attention of at least one man whose empathy might just change the course of her life.
Radio host Tom Joyner joined “Piers Morgan Live” last night to share his perspective on the public criticism of star witness Jeantel, and also what he plans to do about it:
“Well, it all started of course at the trial. And when she testified, the reaction to her testimony was very troubling to me. People were criticizing her and her education and communication skills," Joyner told Morgan. "The way the lawyer was just beating her up on the stand just really moved me. And then last night when I saw her on your show, you did a follow-up question that said what do you want to do in life.”
Says Joyner, upon hearing Jeantel speak, he was instantly energized to help:
“That's when the light bulb went off,” Joyner continued. “I said I want to help her. We have a foundation that helps students in historically black colleges and universities. The Tom Joyner Foundation has been around since '98 and since then, we've donated and raised more than $65 million to that end.”
With years of experience helping other victims of the legal system’s inefficiencies, Joyner was the perfect candidate to step up and provide support for the young woman that never asked to be in the national spotlight.
“She deserves a chance,” Joyner told Morgan.
Last night on “Piers Morgan Live,” radio host Tom Joyner came to the defense of Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel, and following her candid interview with Piers Morgan on Monday, she continues to face intense national scrutiny. Criticism of Jeantel’s education, cultural background, and understanding of generational norms have left some people questioning her credibility and societal values. One of those to recently voice criticism is Rush Limbaugh, as the right wing radio personality misconstrued Jeantel’s statements, in the process deeming it okay for him to use the "N" word:
“So nigga with an 'A' on the end," said Limbuagh on his show Monday. "Isn't that the point? Because it's not racist. That's the point. I could be talking about a male. I could be - a Chinese male. The guy at the laundromat, I could be talking about a man. That's what she said it means.”
Piers Morgan asked Joyner about the significance of the disconnect between Jeantel and Limbaugh, and whether that may have impacted the jury's verdict:
“First of all, I don't think Rush Limbaugh has license to use the 'N word,' so he should say the 'N word.' He shouldn't say the actual word. I don't say it ... and that's number one," noted Joyner. "That's the way they talk. That's the way they communicate, and that's the way it should be taken.”
Joyner continued with his support of Jeantel, voicing concern for her personal plight:
“All this criticism about, you know, how the system has failed her or she's failed the system. She's 19 years old and she's a senior in high school. Right, OK. So in the past year-and-a-half her life has been turned upside down. She's been back and forth with depositions and appointments and everything, plus sad about her best friend being killed. So her senior year is all a wreck.”
In terms of how her emotional baggage may affect her college preparation, Joyner didn’t appear too concerned – he seemed to believe in her resilience:
“It's going to take some work, first of all, to get her high school diploma and get her ready for the SAT test ... and then entered into college. But we are going to do that ... I told her she can go to any historically black college she wants to.”