There are some very serious problems here. The tape of Zimmerman speaking with the Sanford dispatcher, where he says this, is hard to explain:
And, his tone of voice. He sounds like he's about to fall asleep. Bored, laconic, this is not the sound of a man in mortal fear for his life. So how we do get from a guy comfortable in his SUV to a dead kid? He had to exit his vehicle and confront Martin. That is not disputable.These [expletive], they always get away...
This reminds me a lot of the Campos shooting, as described here. The Utah sheriff's office said, regarding that case, "When on neighborhood watch, leave guns at home."
The racial aspect arises now because nobody can understand why Zimmerman wasn't arrested. The police arrive and we have a dead person on the scene. Everything we know about using your firearm for self defense says that you should expect to be taken into custody if you kill somebody. This writer puts it bluntly:
For their part, the Sanford police statement is: "We found no evidence to contradict Mr Zimmerman's statement."Of course, the most pressing question is this: What, exactly, was it that made this boy seem "suspicious"? The available evidence suggests a sad and simple answer: He existed while black.