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Race/murder stats post-Trayvon: PolitiFact checks a claim

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The acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, has prompted commentary from the left and right about race and murder statistics.

We saw this statistic repeated multiple times by conservatives on Twitter after the July 13 verdict: "In the 513 days between Trayvon dying, and today’s verdict, 11,106 African-Americans have been murdered by other African-Americans."

We will leave it up to others to interpret the relevance of such statistics in the Zimmerman trial or other cases. Our role here as fact-checkers is to examine the numbers and their context. 

A quick note on the case before we turn to the numbers: Hispanic is an ethnicity -- someone can be Hispanic and white, as in Zimmerman’s case -- or Hispanic and black. The crime data we reviewed generally focused on whites and blacks, though it sometimes included a generic "other" category.

Martin, 17, was unarmed when he got into a scuffle with Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. A jury acquitted Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer whose lawyer argued self-defense, of second-degree murder and manslaughter. (Read our fact-checks that relate to the case and Florida’s "stand your ground" law.) Read what PolitiFact found.

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Dan

Why is he called a "white hispanic"?

Anti-Tallahassee

PolitiFact would like everyone to believe that it is a neutral observer. However, it has a subtle way of interpreting "facts," which belies their claim/aspiration of being neutral.

whasup

So why doesn't PolitiFact go get the FBI data on homicides and focus on the stranger murders, as happened in the Zimmerman case. Then look at the cases where the death of both perp and victim are known. Then answer the question that's on most average folks mind, thanks to the exaggerations of the Al Sharpton's of the world, and the thing that prompted this statistical claim: "In stranger murder cases, are whites killing more black strangers, or are more blacks killing white strangers? Truth is lots of folks, including those at PolitiFact, don't want that analysis done and the results published.

Keri

If you want to know whose to blame for the incidents after the verdict look to the media and the instigators who use the term "white hispanic."

Has Amy Sherman EVER used this term before this trial? I doubt it!

jg

Obama is a white black!

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