To me, the words in passing that revealed who George Zimmerman was and where he was coming from were spoken in the early evening of 2.26.12, or minutes before Zimmerman accosted, fought with and then shot Travyon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida. In a recorded call, GZ told Sanford police that he’d spotted an unknown male “just walking around [and looking at homes]…this guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something.” Soon after he said the following: “These assholes, they always get away.”

The unspoken ending to that statement was, of course, “But maybe not tonight because this dude is dealing with me!”

At the same time I suspect that Zimmerman wasn’t over-distorting the truth when he said that Martin fought him very aggressively (photos show that right after the incident GZ was bleeding from the nose with wounds on the back of his head) and convinced him in the heat of the moment that he might be in real trouble, and that this is why he shot Martin, as he claimed, in self-defense. Right in the heart. A terrible tragedy, and in many people’s minds in no way alleviated by last night’s “not guilty” verdict. A jury of six women, five of them white and, let’s face it, most likely sympathetic to the “security mom” mindset.