Having watched the ongoing circus that is the Zimmerman Distraction for a few days, I think that there are two three items driving the publicity:
1. The Obama Administration badly needs to fire up African-American voters. A modern-day lynching is essential to keeping high turnout going into the fall election.
2. If Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the racial hustlers are to remain solvent, they need some incidents to feed off of - regardless if whether they fit the template. Times are hard for these guys. With so many interracial couples and a black man in the White House, it's just not as credible to claim that there are Klansmen behind every shrub.
3. The MSM always loves a good race-riot story and this fits with their worldview, which hasn't changed since 1972.
Unfortunately for these groups, things are not likely to work out as they imagine. For one thing, Zimmerman isn't white, he's Hispanic. This, combined with Obama's nascent war on the Catholic Church, is likely to drive a deep wedge between the Latino and Black communities.
This is of course the problem with playing tribal politics - eventually you create too many enemies. But that's all the Dems know, so that's what they are doing.
THE REAL TRAGEDY: While protest marches spring up across the country, we should note that Detroit is still a hellhole, Flint is a debacle and an entire generation of black children are trapped in decaying schools where - despite the expenditure of huge sums of money - they will get almost no education. A few lucky ones will escape, but for the rest it is either the welfare dole or prison.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: If one set out to utterly ruin a people, one could not easily exceed what the Democrats have achieved in Chicago, Detroit and the other urban nightmares.
But it does not do to dwell on this, because people might wonder who was responsible, so let's get all worked up over a shooting in Florida.