In wake of black teen Trayvon Martin's death, USA is soul-searching – USATODAY.com There are a multitude of articles out there about this incident and I imagine most people have heard at least something about it. I have read many different articles trying to get the whole story because I noticed that some articles say the young man was walking in his father's neighborhood, some say his mother's, some say it was a family friend's community. Regardless, the facts that we do know are these. On February 26th, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home from a 7-Eleven where he purchased a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. He was spotted by a man named George Zimmerman who was on 'Neighborhood Watch' duty. There had been some burglaries in the community. George Zimmerman called 911 and reported a 'suspicious' guy. Trayvon Martin apparently started to run. George Zimmerman was specifically told that 'they didn't need him to follow,' that the police were on the way and that they would meet him 'near the mailboxes' which is apparently where he was standing when the call ended. George Zimmerman was legally carrying a concealed firearm. The next calls that came into 911 were from people in the community who were witnessing the sounds of a struggle behind their residences and someone screaming for help. (You can hear these screams on one of the 911 calls). Then there was the sound of a single gunshot. The police arrived, George Zimmerman claimed self-defense and he was allowed to leave the scene. Phone records show that Trayvon was talking on the phone with his girlfriend in Miami at the time he was approached by George Zimmerman. According to the girl's affidavit: Understandably, this story has garnered a lot of national attention. Although the obvious response to this story for a person such as myself might be about the gun culture and concealed carry permits, that is not what hits me the hardest about this story. Not that I don't think those things are relevant and legitimately worthy of discussion in response to this event. What really hits me at gut level about this story is the racism. George Zimmerman may or may not be a racist, I don't know. But I don't think you have to be a literal racist, per se, to target people as a potential threat because of their race. I think plenty of people who don't hate minorities react impulsively this way. If they see a young black man in a hoodie on the street of a community, it gets their attention. It's reactionary and wrong, don't get me wrong, but I don't think it meets the literal criteria for 'racism.' Where I see real racism in this situation is in the apparent indifference with which this young man's death was received by the Sanford Police Department. I mean, they came across this young man's body in the dark. The 911 callers state seeing people with flashlights arriving which is presumed to be the arrival of the police. The kid was unarmed. A phone, an iced tea and a bag of skittles were found alongside his body. If you live around here and you know the city of Sanford and the dubious activities of its Police Dept. then its not outside the realm of fair speculation to believe that if Trayvon Martin had been a 17-year-old white citizen of Sanford, the response would have been far different. This is what really kills me about this situation. Realizing that. And then realizing that there are two parents up the road in Sanford who not only have lost their son but also have to deal with the realization that the people who came upon his body in the dark that night, didn't even think his was death compelling enough to take the killer in to answer questions. That, to me, is almost as criminal as the shooting itself.