Reportedly, George Zimmerman has helped rescue a family from a car crash. And the shocker is that people are shocked! Apparently a Ford Explorer ran off the road and overturned with a family of four inside. Bum-dah-dah-dumm!! George to the rescue!! George, who has been lying low since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case, was nearby -- at a location not far from the Martin shooting -- and came to help with a friend. "Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy," said a police statement. The weird thing is that people are shocked, SHOCKED that he would stop to help! Helllo??? What do you think ol' Georgie was doing on the night Trayvon was killed? Playing hero. Badly. Murderingly. But playing.
This time, thankfully, George's "help" did not end up with anyone dead and the family is reportedly doing fine.
But those who despise George are pointing out that the family was white, as if he'd only stop to help white people. Those who worship George are inflating his contribution with headlines like, "George Zimmerman Saves Family From Burning Car!" Uhhh, no.
What George did that night when Trayvon Martin tragically was killed has nothing to do with what happened when George came across a car accident. I never saw George as a monster, as many others have. I saw him as a paranoid guy with an inflated ego who thought he should single-handedly make his neighborhood safe -- even if that meant confronting a young man who wasn't breaking into a house, wasn't spray painting a wall, and wasn't stealing anyone's tires. A young man who was walking! George confronted him because he was young, black, wore a hoodie, and appeared to not belong to the neighborhood. Duh.
Then things escalated.
But I don't think he set out to kill him. So why would anyone be shocked that he helped people out of a car?
We could argue whether he would have helped four black young men out of a rolled-over car -- but that would be silly.
What do you think about what George did?
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