First of all I wish everybody would leave Rachel Jeantel alone. For those who don’t know, Ms. Jeantel is one of the prosecutor’s main witnesses in the Trayvon Martin case. She was the last person to talk to Trayvon before he was shot & killed by George Zimmerman. Everyone is blowing up the internet talking about her poor diction & grammar. Aside from the fact that she is not a professional witness or used to being on national television, a lot of people are not aware that Rachel’s family is not originally from America. Rachel Jeantel may be from Florida, but she grew up in a Haitian household and for those of you who don’t know the native language for Haitians is Creole not English. So, since she grew up with parents from another country you could only imagine that “proper English” was not spoken in her home and her grammar isn’t going to be as good as someone who was raised by parents who are from here. So the way she speaks has nothing to do with her race or her socioeconomic background; it’s simply her heritage.
But back to my point about jury duty. Although there are no statistics on how many people “duck” jury duty every year, it’s a well-known fact that nobody really likes getting called in to fulfill their civic duty. Aside from the fact that the remuneration is quite little (and I do mean little), jury duty takes up valuable time away from work and depending on the case a trial can be pretty boring.
I get called in for jury duty every 1-2 years and usually try to wiggle my way out of it every time. It’s not that I don’t mind getting a few days off from work but jury duty is just not my thing. Sitting in a chair listening to a bunch of legal jargon and strange people testify about a case I know little to nothing about is not how I would prefer to spend my day off from work. Not to mention, none of the other jurors want to be there either so it makes the time go by slower than usual. However, the one time that I was actually selected to be on a jury I accepted because I was happy to complete my civic duty.
No one really wants to sit on jury duty unless of course they’re chosen for a trial like Michael Jackson’s or Trayvon Martin’s. There are so many people on the internet, Twitter and everywhere else that are making unsolicited comments about the Martin case. It’s as if these people wish they were on the jury themselves. It’s funny how so many people want to escape jury duty but want to talk about what they would do if they were on that jury.
So next time you get a jury summons, be proud to serve! You never know what case you might get.