According to this Gallup poll, the racial divide is alive and well in the Treyvon Martin case. Blacks, who the study shows are actually paying more attention to the case, believe the shooting was racially motivated. They believe, had the victim been white he would have been arrested. Nonblacks are paying less attention and are less like to view race as a factor in the shooting.
I’m not one who believes in trying cases in the court of public opinion, but I do think this case has been particularly revelatory on the subject of racism in America. Setting aside the guilt or innocence of the accused, the apathy of non-blacks toward what appears to be a coldblooded killing of an unarmed man is nothing short of stunning. The eagerness to find excuses that would justify what looks like murder has bordered on complicity with the crime.