Joy-Ann Reid reflects on college years at Harvard

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– responsibility.

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joy ann reid talks about her college years at
harvard
and i asked joy ann about the shooting death of trayvon martin.

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i think what you’re seeing is the martin family and my communications with them, with their legal team, they are just relying on prayer. they feel that they’ve gotten what they wanted and that the activists and the marches and what they are saying is, look, our goal is to get a trial rather than to have george
zimmerman
exonerated by the police. so they feel like they have satisfied that part of what they wanted and now in their minds it’s up to god and to the jury that’s eventually impanelled. on the
zimmerman
side, they are battling this battle of perception, that george
zimmerman
doesn’t automatically look guilty. they are fighting to push back the trial to get more time. see how we have these two public perceptions constantly battling. by the way, to reshape trayvon martin. there’s been a side on the o’mara side to say, you need to take a look at who this young man was, he was not just an innocent kid. and that’s caused a lot of tension from the martin side as well.

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is there a lot of tension?

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not just in
sanford
but in miami. the black community in miami is very tense in anticipation of the trial. there’s a lot of pent-up emotion that people are pouring into the outcome of the trial, even more than the family. a lot of people from the community are hanging a lot of their sense on the justice. in
sanford
, it’s bringing the circus back. this is a man who wasn’t from there. he was only in town for two weeks and, you know, the initial shooting and the aftermath really tore
sanford
apart. this was a community that had a lot of underlying
racial tension
that all burst to the surface because of this case. there are a lot of people in
sanford
dreading having that wound reopen.

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do you think they can seat an impartial jury?

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it’s going to be hard. if you think about what mark o’mara, the lawyer for
zimmerman
, his job is to get a jury that is not automatically sympathetic to trayvon martin. and the trayvon martin side is going to be very suspicious of that. they have very many opposing issues.

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one thing i love about our friendship, really, is that we’re both working moms and i’ve met some of your kids. you’ve brought them in on the weekends when they are not in school.

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yep.

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talk about that, though, and the challenges and what do the kids think when they see mom on tv?

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when we first decided to come up and it was my first show –

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i do believe.

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they thought it was really cool back then. oh, my god. mom is on tv. really? you’re going on tv again? now they are over it.

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how did studying at
harvard
shape who you are today?

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i was a
public school
kid at
harvard
. you’re there with some very elite people and you go from a
big fish
in a little pond in your
home town
to just being one of many kids who has good grades and you have to try and navigate that but it was good because it was a quit immersion, directly the open sid of where i lived. i lived in a community 80% african-american and went to a community where it was 6% african-american. so you had to deal with that. just learned to live with people who were not my family. i had to grow up. i had to pay my own bills and my tuition. it was a good learning, growing experience.

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