There is something I’d like to “axe” black radio personality Tom Joyner. If Rachel Jeantel, star witness for the prosecution at the George Zimmerman murder trial, can’t by her own admission “read cursive” — even of a document she authored — how do you envision her surviving, let alone graduating from, college?
For those not up to speed on the latest post-verdict developments, Joyner has offered Jeantel a “free college education at any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) of her choosing,” according to NewsOne (wording theirs).
Joyner admitted that he is out to prove a point, claiming that “both the media’s and lawyer’s treatment of Jeantel inspired him to make a lasting impact on her future.” He continued:
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.
Anyone who has heard Jeantel speak might regard this as an overly optimistic reading, but Joyner claims to have both eyes wide open:
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 in to college. But we are going to do that.
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