I frequently start typing a search into Google to see how it auto-completes the phrase. It gives an interesting look into what people are searching for on a subject- often revealing various biases or perceptions.
So, this morning I tried :
“Trayvon Martin was a“… and the top 4 auto-completes were: Thug, criminal, punk, killed.
Changing to “Trayvon Martin is” returns : a thug, a criminal, not innocent, a punk.
Now, doing the same for George Zimmerman we get:
“George Zimmerman was” : attacked, he found guilty, screaming for help, innocent
and “George Zimmerman is” : innocent, not white, guilty, a hero
Personally, I find these results both telling…and disturbing.