Travyon Martin’s Friend Grilled By Defense, Says Calling Zimmerman ‘Creepy-A** Cracker’ Not ‘Racial Comment’

Witness Rachel Jeantel — who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was killed — was back on the stand on Thursday, again facing a grilling from George Zimmerman‘s defense attorney Don West. Alluding to yesterday’s testimony, West asked about Martin characterizing Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker” — which Jeantel felt was not a racist remark.

West questioned Jeantel about why she felt the shooting was racial. Jeantel pointed to Martin’s description of “the person that was watching him and following him.” West repeated, “Describing the person is what made you think it was racial?” Jeantel agreed.

To that point, West recalled Jeantel’s previous testimony — during which she said Martin described Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker.”

“So it was racial, but it was because Trayvon Martin put race in this,” West pressed. “You don’t think that’s a racial comment?”

Jeantel replied simply, “No.”

West repeated the question, receiving the same answer. He then went on to press her on why she didn’t include that description in the letter to Martin’s mother. After a few minutes of back-and-forth, West contended she didn’t tell Martin’s because she knew the remark was “offensive.” Jeantel said it was being “respectful.”

“You don’t think calling someone a creepy-ass cracker is offensive?” West asked.

“No,” Jeantel replied.

At that point, West continued to press the point, questioning whether she felt it would bother Martin’s mother to know the remark. Jeantel dismissed the comment as unimportant.

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