George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in Florida, was originally described in reports as "white." The more recent revelation that he's half Latino, the son of a Peruvian-born mother, has little bearing on the case itself. But it has prompted a national discussion about how we perceive and assign race and, in cases of racial profiling - which many believe this to be - whether the color or ethnicity of the shooter matters.
It's also prompted questions about what constitutes "Latino," as the Associated Press' Suzanne Gamboa writes today. Just within Peru itself, she writes, there is a racial-ethnic mix: There are descendants of the indigenous Peruvians, mestizos of partial Spanish descent, whites, blacks and Asians. And like many people of Latin American descent, Zimmerman doesn't "fit neatly into a box." From the story: