President Obama has stirred the pot some by saying that if he "had a son - he would look like Trayvon." Heck, even Oprah Winfrey has come out and said her piece on the matter as if she knew what she's talking about.
Yes, Trayvon Martin supporters are in the streets protesting, they're pack churches, swarming rallies, wearing hooded sweat shirts in solidarity, even a Congressman went on the floor to give a speech in a hooded sweat shirt - and was escorted out because of their dress code, but still they are everywhere where they can find a TV camera to show their so-called "outrage."
While this media circus is going on around the country, friends and family of George Zimmerman who was the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the teen, remain silent.
Zimmerman, 28, has gone into hiding. And I don't blame him for doing so!
Among other threats, the New Black Panthers black-supremacist group has put a "bounty" of $10,000 on Zimmerman's head - which of course is literally soliciting the man's murder.
And no, I don't see or hear anything from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about investigating the New Black Panther black-supremacists for infringing on George Zimmerman's Civil Rights by soliciting his murder.
The few who have defended Zimmerman have done so reluctantly, most fear some sort of public backlash. Maybe they're worried about being investigated by the Obama Justice Department because of association?
Zimmerman's version of what happened on the rainy night of Feb. 26 has only trickled out from the Police and his attorney. Zimmerman said, he was pursuing the 17-year-old Martin because Martin was acting suspiciously. He said, he lost sight of the teenager and Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle.
Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense and Police must have seen just cause to release and did not arrest him. Of course that touched off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.
Martin's supporters are eager to make this a Black versus White incident. They believe race is at the root of everything that befalls them and they "know" it played a role in the shooting. After all, Martin was black.
Like Obama, Zimmerman is not all white. Zimmerman's father is white, but his mother is Hispanic.
"The family has had death threats, the father and mother, George has had death threats. Anything related to George is a target," said Miguel Meza, who identified himself as Zimmerman's cousin.
It wasn't immediately clear if Meza had talked to Zimmerman since the shooting, but he said other relatives are afraid to comment publicly, even though they think he is being treated unfairly.
"The media has been quick to demonize George, but Trayvon Martin was no angelic boy walking," Meza said.
Trayvon Martin was at least 6 feet tall, several inches taller than the 5-foot 9-inch George Zimmerman. Meza said Martin was not the child as he appears to be in photos flashed across television and newspapers.
The picture that the Martin family picked when asked for a picture of Trayvon Martin is one when he was much much younger than he was when he was shot. Another picture of Trayvon Martin has surfaced, it is more current that that well circulated picture. It depicts a much older Trayvon Martin with the making of a moustache wearing a tank top.
"George was in a fight for his life," Meza said.
George Hall, a retired Presbyterian minister, said that he was Zimmerman's neighbor for 20 years in Manassas, Virginia, until about 2001. Hall said, Zimmerman and his brother attended church - and Hall actually wrote a recommendation for Zimmerman for a Police Academy in 2004.
"Their parents taught them to treat everybody with respect. I'm tired of hearing about this race thing," Hall said. "It could be an element in it ... but I never would have thought of him as being a racist. His father was in the Army and was a white American and his mother was Peruvian. That makes him 50 percent Peruvian. A lot of stuff I hear, it irks me because people are drawing their own conclusions with very little evidence."
Zimmerman's father in an interview airing Wednesday night on WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando reiterated what his son's attorney, Craig Sonner, has said about the confrontation with Martin. Robert Zimmerman, 64, said the teen confronted his son when he got back to his car that day. When his son started reaching for his cellphone, Martin "was punching him in the nose, his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete."
He said Martin, "continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did."
The Orlando Sentinel, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Martin grabbed Zimmerman's head and banged it several times against the sidewalk. A statement from Sanford police said the newspaper's story was "consistent" with evidence turned over to prosecutors.
George Zimmerman said he began crying for help, which his father said his family believes after listening to the 911 tapes. Martin's family says it was their son who was crying out. Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes in which the voices are heard are not clear.
Robert Zimmerman said several break-ins had happened in the neighborhood and his son became suspicious that someone would be walking on a rainy day between the town homes. When he called police dispatchers, they asked for an address, his father said. He wasn't sure what street he was on so despite police advising him to stop following Martin, he continued so he could get an address, his father said.
Trayvon Martin's supporters, including a host of outspoken Liberal Celebrities and Civil Rights activists who have appeared on television for the past two weeks, don't believe George Zimmerman's story. They act as though they were present during the altercation. And yes, they remind me of a lynch mob.
They want him arrested and prosecuted, and his parents think their son is being painted in a negative light by a police department leaking information to the News Media.
The teenager was suspended from school three times this year. In October, he wrote obscene graffiti on a door at his high school.
During a search of his backpack, campus security officers found 12 pieces of jewelry, a watch and a screwdriver that they thought could be used as a burglary tool, according to a School Police report obtained by the Miami Herald.
But wait, I thought Trayvon Martin was a Saint! This must all be a plot of some sort by evil Whites and Hispanics - I say with tongue in cheek!
Actually, the truth is that Trayvon Martin was probably on his way to being a Grade A criminal instead of a small time hood in a hoodie.
When campus security confronted Martin, he told them a friend had given him the jewelry, but he wouldn't give a name. The Miami-Dade Police Department said Tuesday that the jewelry could not be tied to any reported thefts.
Trayvon Martin had previously been suspended for excessive absences and tardiness and, at the time of his death, was serving a 10-day suspension after school officials found an empty plastic bag with marijuana traces in his backpack.
Another of Zimmerman's friends said, Zimmerman would tell Martin's parents that he's "very, very sorry" if he could.
Speaking Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Joe Oliver said, Zimmerman is not a racist and has virtually lost his own life since the shooting. "This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time, and it's turned out horribly wrong" said Oliver, one of the few black people who has actually come forward in support of George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was doing his job in the Neighborhood Watch.
After listening to the evidence that they have given to the public, I can tell you from my many years in Security, as a Guard, then a Field Supervisor and later as a Consultant, that it is not easy to watch and report sometimes. Sometimes the person you are watching sees you.
Hopefully when that happens, he leaves the area. If that's the way it works out, than yes, in those instances your job as a visual deterrent with a radio as backup actually worked.
Other times though it is a whole different story. That person you're watching may become absolutely pissed that he can't carry out his plan to rob or steal or vandalize - and you are the one he blames. When that happens, he may confront you.
And he will find a sense of bravery because he's angry, but also he may find it and want to confront you if he sees that you are just Security and not a Cop.
Being Security makes you fair game because bad guys know that many Security Guards are under-trained, usually unarmed, and not Cops. Bad guys know real well that kicking a Security Guard's butt won't get you in the kind of trouble it would if he tried attacking a Cop.
It's been my experience that those are the times when you hope that your radio is working real well and a Police car with lots of officers in it are nearby - or at least not too far away so that they can back you up when the punk comes at you.
I've been there on more than one occasion. Each time, I got lucky by putting them down quickly so that I didn't get hurt - but I've known Security people who were not as fortunate and were shot, stabbed, and beaten to the point of being laid up in a hospital for days.
the gunshot wound, bruises and other such marks, should tell a lot about what went on that night. It should instantly show how far away Trayvon Martin was when George Zimmerman fearing for his life fired that shot. Fact is that evidence is easy to ascertain in those types of cases where it is a fight and two people struggle and one person fired a pistol.
I'm pretty sure that since the Sanford Police Department arrived on the scene and looked over everything and saw what took place, and with that they made the determination that George Zimmerman acted because he believed his life was in mortal danger.
I trust that the Sanford Police Department did their job. And if so, and the evidence is correct, then I understand fully how this situation could have taken place.
If I were in fear of losing my life, I too would shoot.
Story by Tom Correa