The US Department of Justice is going to investigate the recent (February 26) murder of a black teenager named Trayvon Martin in a suburb of Orlando. A Florida grand jury is also going to look into the matter. The killer was a self-appointed vigilante named George Zimmerman who was from all accounts a one-man neighborhood watch patrol in his gated community. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense after Martin attacked him. See this story for a voice recording of Zimmerman's call to the cops. His story of what happened is bullshit, of course. Read here for more breaking information. The kid was on the phone with his girlfriend, and he told her that he was being followed. The guy was carrying candy and a can of iced tea, for Pete's sake, and as the voice tape with the dispatcher proves, Zimmerman followed this kid, even after he was told not to do it. NY Times story is here; it has voice recordings of several calls to 911 reporting the shooting. No charges have been filed in this killing. Hence the growing outrage.
I read about this a couple of days ago. Since, it has gone viral. Good!
This is the kind of incident that should be known in every hamlet and
town in this country . . . and especially heeded by all those deluded
out there who think racism isn't alive and well in this land of the
free. There's not a doubt in my mind that if Trayvon Martin had been
white, he's be walking the streets alive and well right now.