Reuters has a detailed, thoughful piece on George Zimmerman (who grew up in a racially mixed household and whose great-grandfather had African blood.) The real estate implosion in the area led to increased crime and break-ins, most of which was done by young black males.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.