#ConversationStarter: Is this a case of self-defense or ‘walking while black?’

UPDATE 3/15/12: Watch Martin’s steps retraced.

Click the image above to watch GMA's report.

Today’s #ConversationStarter comes out of a gated community in Florida.

Walking from a 7-Eleven to the home of his dad’s fiancee, with a bag of skittles and a can of iced tea, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, 28, was captain of the neighborhood watch and  says he shot in self defense.

Martin was unarmed.

From CNN.com

According to CNN affiliate WFTV, Zimmerman, who is white, described Martin to a dispatcher as a suspicious black man.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said the 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to confront Martin, but by the time police arrived, the teenager lay dead with a gunshot wound in the chest. He was carrying a small amount of cash, some candy and an iced tea.

Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self-defense, but that doesn’t sit well with Martin’s parents.

“When you add it up, it just doesn’t even make sense,” said Ben Crump, the Martin family’s attorney. “Trayvon Martin, a kid, has a bag of Skittles. (Zimmerman) had a 9 mm gun. Trayvon Martin didn’t approach George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman approached Trayvon Martin. So how can he now assert self-defense?”

Police say a gunshot can be heard on the 911 calls recorded that night.

Read the full story here.

Was this a case of self defense or what some have called ‘walking while black?’

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