A lot of the blogs and news sites have been covering the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. The basic facts are that a young black man was returning from the store, when a "neighborhood watch volunteer" named George Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious. He called 911, and was told to wait for the police. Instead, he decided to accost young Trayvon.
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I'd just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?It's the thing that none of Zimmerman's supporters ever seem to want to discuss, along with the role of racism.