The race issue in the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin has been pushed early and often.

We’ve covered the false accusations that Zimmerman called Trayvon Martin a “coon” on the initial 911 call, and that Zimmerman suggested that Martin was suspicious because black (that was an NBC editing fabrication).

The entire focus on a “hoodie” was a concoction of activists trying to portray a racial angle, and gullible students fell for it around the country:

The hoodie has become the symbol of protests regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

From images of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wearing a hoodie, to the “million hoodie march,” to Havard law students wearing hoodies with a sign “Do we look suspicious?,” to Congressman Bobby Rush appearing on the House floor in a hoodie, the hoodie has come to symbolize alleged racial profiling by Zimmerman which led to the shooting.

The symbolism is powerful, and addresses wider concerns about racial profiling and actual use of hoodies by gangs and criminals of many races.

But as relates to the Zimmerman-Martin case, the hoodie at best is speculative symbolism, not based on any known facts connected to the shooting.  While Martin was wearing a hoodie that night, there is nothing other than surmise to suggest that Martin was considered suspicious by Zimmerman for that reason.

In the 911 call (audiotranscript) in which Zimmerman reported a suspicious person, the clothing Trayvon was wearing was not initially mentioned …

A hoodie was mentioned but only in response to questioning by the dispatcher as to what the suspicious person was wearing 

There is no evidence that George Zimmerman is racist and strong evidence to the contrary.  The media ignores Zimmerman’s own mixed-race background when discussing racial aspects of the case.

On April 14 … 2012, The Saturday Night Card Game called BS on the race narrative based on facts, Saturday Night Card Game (What is left of the Zimmerman-Martin racial narrative?)
The net result of a fair assessment of the racial narrative of the case is that there is no racial narrative based on currently known facts.  There are only assumptions and speculation drawn from historical events and experiences in which George Zimmerman was not involved.

We will find out in a few weeks how the jury rules. But based on what we know, I don’t think anyone with credibility can rule out a not guilty verdict. Perhaps there is evidence we have not heard (I’m waiting to find out about bullet trajectory and whether it jives with Zimmerman’s account), but based on what we have heard a not guilty verdict seems like a distinct possibility.

A significant portion of the community is ill-prepared for a not guilty verdict, because for over a year they have been subjected to a steady stream agitation portraying the case as race-based.

Here’s a tweet I saved as the jury selection of 5 white women and 1 Hispanic woman was seated on Thursday.

The Saturday Night Card game predicted all this on March 24 … 2012, Saturday Night Card Game (What happens when Zimmerman is found “not guilty”?):

With the evidence not seeming to be as conclusive as public opinion in the Martin case, this is being set up for a major blow-up, in which expectations and agitation confront the legal rights of the accused.