To Sir, With Ratchety Love: Listening to the (Dis)Respectability Politics of Rachel Jeantel

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“The shallowness of “critique” of Jeantel—whom, it must be continually repeated, is not on trial—was disgusting.”

OUR COMMON GROUND Omnibus‘s insight:

Jeantel’s refusal and inability to conform to expected cultural and aural scripts of black womanhood within the confines of the courtroom – the epitome of a hyper-respectable space – destabilizes not only racial paradigms of black (southern) respectability but Americanized expectations of black women’s scripts of respectability.

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