Radio Host to Trayvon Pal: College Is on Me
Tom Joyner wants to send Zimmerman trial witness to college
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 18, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
Rachel Jeantel, the witness that was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he died, gives her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on Wednesday,...   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

(Newser) – Rachel Jeantel has faced criticism for her manner of speaking and trouble reading cursive, and radio host Tom Joyner wants to do something about it. The much-discussed witness in the George Zimmerman trial should finish high school and get a college education—and he's willing to pay for it, he told her on his show.

"I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT, and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like," he said, referring to historically black colleges and universities. Ideally, he noted, the school would be in Florida, but it doesn't have to be. Jeantel's response to Joyner: "Thank you," BET reports.

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Jul 19, 2013 2:25 AM CDT
To those dissing public schools, hear this. Anyone can make the most of the education they're offered, if they really want to, and get ahead. I was raised in a very poor household, lived in what was basically a shack, but my family was good. Six kids, though, but there was always somehow enough food. My parents were good parents and expected us to be good people, but my dad did not speak English. I graduated in the top ten of my high school class, somehow managed to work, went on to college, and finally attained a law degree. No one paid for it for me. I chose to send my two kids to private Christian school, not because you can't learn in a public school, but basically because they were safer, and I wanted them to learn about the Bible. No one can tell me that it is impossible to learn in a public school; anyone can achieve if they want to. This is a great country where you still hold your future in your own hands. But you do have to work hard for the good things.
Jul 18, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
She has already achieved the levels she will achieve in her life. That's a hard fact to accept, but this is a case of "too little, too late." Think about some basic psychology for a moment : If you've been using the pseudo-word "AIN'T" on a daily basis all your life, you can never change that. Just try...
Jul 18, 2013 9:51 PM CDT
Finally something postive to come out of this horrific story.