The most interesting data point in the new Pew poll, though, is that even at this very early juncture, Americans as a whole see the shooting of Brown as more of a racial issue than the shooting of Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
While similar proportions of blacks saw both situations as bringing racial issues to light (about eight in 10), whites are more likely to see race as a key subplot in Ferguson (37 percent) than in Martin's case (28 percent). While 60 percent of whites said race received more attention than it deserved after Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict in July 2013, just 47 percent say the same of what's happening in Ferguson.
And it's not just a racial split; it's also a partisan one. While the gap between black and white is 43 points, it's actually slightly larger -- 46 points -- between Republicans and Democrats. Just 22 percent of Republicans see racial issues being brought up, 68 percent of Democrats say the same.
While those numbers could change in the weeks and months ahead as more is known about the shooting, it's pretty clear that this issue is again causing plenty of racial unease nationwide.
And potentially even more so than Trayvon Martin.