It's impossible to ignore race in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, but prosecutors would have to prove the shooting was racially motivated in order to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime. So far, the most damning piece of evidence is Zimmerman's 911 call, where it sounds like he says "fucking coons."
Zimmerman's friends and family insist that he isn't racist, and legal experts say that more evidence would be required for him to be charged with a hate crime:
"They are going to have to show he was specifically targeting this individual based on his race, creed, color, et cetera," said David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami. "Not that he was chasing somebody down and got in a confrontation that may or may not have been based on that."
At the moment, Zimmerman has yet to be charged with anything.