By now, everyone not living under a rock knows that George Zimmerman has been acquitted of the 2nd degree murder charges he was facing in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. Despite the not guilty verdict, though, Zimmerman remains imprisoned in a different way, and rightly so. No matter what the jury says, much of the nation believes that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin, which ultimately led to his death. Zimmerman and his family have received death threats (the anger is understandable but the methods are wrongheaded), and there have been protests around the nation. The trial might be over, but the aftermath of this racially charged case is nowhere near finished.
Anyone who knows anything about race relations in America sees the inherent racism in both the shooting, the reasons behind the entire incident, and the verdict. Thanks to the outrage surrounding his acquittal, much of the nation is still calling George Zimmerman a murderer. Because of said outrage, Zimmerman originally kept a low profile after leaving the court room a free man. That is, until there was a convenient accident in which he was able to offer his help to save a family of four trapped in an SUV. According to The Huffington Post, Zimmerman came out of hiding and helped at the scene of an accident in which a Ford Explorer was overturned at the Florida intersection of I-4 and Route 417 in Florida. There was an unidentified second helper in the accident as well.
Now, as heroic as this act might seem, it could actually have done more harm than good. Unless a vehicle is on fire or in danger of becoming so, it is best to wait until medical professionals arrive on the scene, because the victims could be further injured being moved by untrained individuals. Once again, Zimmerman oversteps his bounds trying to be something he is not in some kind of official capacity to further feed this Hero complex of his. Sound familiar?
Now, color me cynical, but this is just a little too convenient for comfort to me. Here we have a man who is supposedly so afraid of death threats from a nation of outraged people that he cannot come out of hiding. He desperately needs to start rebuilding his reputation and, miraculously, he just happens to be in the right spot at the right time to save a family from a car accident? Details are scant at the moment and if they stay that way, that will be far more suspicious than a kid walking home with Skittles and iced tea.