Steve Sailer says that "the media wanted to ride the Trayvon Martin story to help Obama win re-election." So it was all about politics: the story of a White killing a Black favors the Democrats and gets votes for Obama. I am not American and dont pretend to understand why this is so.
As I now see the affair, there was a middle class neighborhood with a crime problem. The police called for auxiliary volunteer patrols (as it does everywhere, including Israel. I used to patrol paired with an old English immigrant). One of the volunteers on duty suspected an outsider and called the police. The police said ignore him. But it was too late, the athletic suspect confronted the small bald man and attacked him. The small man called for help but terrified onlookers did nothing. There was a shot and the attacker was dead. Later became clear that the suspect had been on drugs and was a burglar.
The media, instead of praising the volunteer risking his life to get rid his neighborhood of crime, roused the masses to lynch him. Even Obama took part in this ugly campaign.
There are political situations where a Robin Hood type criminal is popular and acquires political power. But this is not one of those situations. Here we have a violent drugged burglar attacking a pathetic neighborhood volunteer watchman. I cant see how this Trayvon could become a hero, a legend, a political banner.
Well, I dont understand American politics. Steve is probably right.