The answer is easy. Who suffered wounds from being beaten? It wasn't Trayvon Martin. His body had no wounds except for the gunshot. Martin's body doesn't reveal any marks from being beaten.
On the other hand, Zimmerman suffered lacerations on the back of his head and a broken nose.
Obviously, Zimmerman was the one being beaten, and Zimmerman was the one who was heard screaming. Even Trayvon Martin's father, when he initially heard the recording of the scream, admitted that it wasn't his son's voice. Zimmerman was no match against Martin physically. If Martin was trying to reach for Zimmerman's gun, then it's understandable why Zimmerman shot Martin.
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Was Zimmerman a racist for following Martin? Race was involved, but that doesn't mean racism was involved. It was already known in the gated community where Zimmerman worked as neighborhood watchman that black youth stole from the homes. Zimmerman sees a black youth (Trayvon Martin) whom he doesn't recognize walking near or in the gated community and acting very odd (like he was on drugs?) and dressed in a hoodie. Wouldn't it be just a little logical for Zimmerman to be suspicious that this person may have been one of the black youths involved in the robberies and that he dressed himself up in a hoodie to hide his face before committing another robbery?
Zimmerman should not have pursued Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was overzealous. That's all.
Even black neighbors in the gated community said Zimmerman is no racist. People have been judging the individual acts of Zimmerman without looking at the whole picture. They shouldn't have made this into a racial issue when it wasn't.
Babu G. Ranganathan