So Martin yanked Zimmerman out of Zimmerman's car?
So if Zimmerman is proven to have been calling Martin a "Coon" in the 911 calls and has a history of making racial slurs about blacks...
Plus, where are the stories of Zimmerman following and "questioning" other kids? White, Hispanic...
Er, no Cat. As the story goes, the one best confirmed by physical evidence and witness statements, Zimmerman was leaving, going back to his car after losing sight of Martin. After which he was confronted by Martin, who asked him if he had a problem. To which Zimmerman replied he didn't, and got out his cell phone. Then Martin attacked Zimmerman, saying, "Well, you do now", as he punched Zimmerman in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then got on top of Zimmerman, repeatedly slamming his head into the sidewalk. At which point, either intentionally, or accidentally, Zimmerman's gun went off and shot Martin dead.
The audio tapes are inconclusive as to what was said, even after some enhancement. It seems to me that people simply seized on that because they wanted to. They wanted to make it a racial issue. Zimmerman has, AFAIK, no history of making racist statements.
Honestly Cat, you're trying to make a case that isn't proven to be there yet, and against which there's substantial evidence.
I could for example tell you the tale of something that happened just yesterday where I live. Three black guys, (dressed in hoodies BTW), robbed a jewelery store in a mall and fled. So did all the employees and bystanders except one, a Korean employee of the mall who gave chase. They murdered him for his trouble. Now, if you're not from this area, you might not know that there's a history of racial tension between blacks and Koreans, whom blacks accuse of...well, I'm not sure what they accuse them of mostly.
It goes back to the fact that most of the small grocery stores in Los Angeles in places like South Central were/are owned by Korean shop owners. The blacks don't like this, but won't or can't scrape up the capital and whatever else to run their own stores. And the big chains don't go there because it's too dangerous and not profitable enough.
Back in the last riots, black attacked Korean grocery stores and looted them. Some of them. Others had the shop owners on the roofs with shotguns and weren't robbed. Since then, there have been disputed shootings in Korean owned groceries of black kids accused of sundry crimes by the shop owners. I don't recall any of them being prosecuted, charges mostly being dropped for various reasons, (the rap sheets of the victims, evidence that they actually were doing what the shop owners said, or simple lack of evidence), but the result is that in this area, blacks and Koreans have a history.
What this is all working up to is that I or anyone else could easily work the latest murder into a racial thing, simply by going out there and repeating that it was. Add in maybe a few assumptions, or even false statements, and you've got a racial crisis.
Or course, it was obviously a simple robbery, (the victim BTW was a cop in Korea, which is probably why he gave chase), but that would make no difference if you wanted to play this into a racial thing.
Personally, I think the Martin thing was simply a tragedy created by a series of wrong decisions on the part of both people. I can understand as a detached observer each of those decisions, and how each of them came to make them, but in practice, it got the results we know. Add in grief and malicious intent by others afterward, and a press looking for something juicy like a racial shooting of a black by a white, (never mind that he isn't white, and that the press simply lied about a lot of the details), and you have the whole mess today.
I think people really need to take a step back in these situations and wait for all the evidence to come out before pointing the racial murder finger. If Zimmerman's guilty of all of that, then so be it; he'll get his day in court. If not, more than one person's life has been ruined unjustly, in addition to the tragic death of Martin.