Joseph Capriglione, WNYC/NJPR
Joseph Capriglione works in the WNYC newsroom as an Associate Producer for New Jersey Public Radio.
This week, the country reacted to several landmark Supreme Court decisions that had huge implications for the civil rights movement. But in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom, it was the first week of testimony in the high profile murder trial of George Zimmerman for shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Jonathan P. Hicks, a Senior National Correspondent with BET.com and a columnist with the Amsterdam News has been following the case. He – and much of the Internet – has been particularly fascinated with the prosecution’s star witness, 19-year-old Miami resident Rachel Jeantel.
Hicks said the defense made an effort to “sort of portray her as someone who was difficult to understand and from a culture that was completely alien.” However, Hicks said, “The fact of the matter is she’s a teenager and teenagers no matter what they’re racial background have their own way of expressing themselves.”
To hear a full interview with Hicks, click audio above.