The legal concept of “standing” refers to whether someone has enough of a stake in a situation to file a tort.
At Philly dot com, Elmer Smith looks at a different standing: who has standing to “stand his ground”:
But there is a race angle in this story (the Trayvon Martin case–ed.). I can’t help wondering which way the wheels of justice would be turning if Martin had fired first. Where do you think he would be now if they had wrestled over the gun and Zimmerman had been killed in the struggle?
Would the most permissive self-defense law in America have been wide enough to cover an unarmed 17-year-old black kid in a hoodie who was walking through a predominantly white neighborhood at night?
Think on that, then try to convince yourself that race had no part in this killing or in the police reaction to it.