The story about Trayvon Martin has been igniting the blogosphere. The facts as we know it so far are this: a 28 year old man named George Zimmerman, who was part of a neighborhood watch group, shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. Today, Obama stepped out and said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” It’s significant because we now have a black man married to a black woman with two black children in the highest office in the land, and his words carry weight. See more here.
I haven’t been following the story, but there are some notable facts that may make this a highly contested trial.
1. Zimmerman was listed on the police report as “white,” but he says he’s Hispanic. He looks Hispanic from most of the pictures I’ve seen.
2. There has been speculation on whether Zimmerman used a racial slur while dialing 911. So far, people have disagreed on what he said, even after listening to the tapes.
3. Trayvon was on his cell phone with his girlfriend right before the shooting. She could prove to be a crucial witness.