I’ll try to make this quick.
If you’re one of those people now posting long-winded internet screeds filled with supposed hard evidence that proves that George Zimmerman didn’t really help pull a family out of an overturned vehicle last week in Central Florida, please stop. If you’re expressing all kinds of weird alternate theories about what really happened, what Zimmerman’s involvement actually was, or questioning whether there was even an accident at all, please stop. If you’re basically being a George Zimmerman crash hero “truther” — which you just knew was gonna be a thing as soon as news of the crash and Zimmerman’s involvement in it broke a few days ago — just please, for the love of God, stop.
Because it’s simply impossible for anything to happen anymore that makes headlines without some idiot conspiracy theorist with an internet connection and delusions of journalistic grandeur doubting the “official story,” we now live in a world where empirical, agreed-upon reality is a dying concept. 9/11 was an inside job. The Sandy Hook shooting families were actors. The Boston Marathon bombing never happened. Michael Hastings was killed by the remote car-jackers at DARPA. And of course, since there aren’t 800 photos and mentions of it floating around on social media — because the family involved in the crash isn’t talking about it on Facebook, which I know is just a huge fucking mystery — the SUV rollover that Zimmerman apparently helped in the aftermath of didn’t happen or was staged. And if it was a set-up, it wasn’t just some random Zimmerman-supporting cop who pulled the strings, it was a conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the state government. Or something.
Is it a hell of an odd coincidence that less than a week after being let off the hook for killing Trayvon Martin in an incredibly controversial jury verdict there’s George Zimmerman suddenly, altruistically involved in a freak event that could potentially rehabilitate his tattered image? Certainly, at face value. And there’s nothing wrong with admitting as much. But anyone who’s claiming that the SUV crash involving a family of four was staged or that Zimmerman was somehow purposely tipped off by a sympathetic police agency needs to stop listening to Alex Jones. If you’re going to make an allegation like that, you’d better have something to back it up besides suspicion fueled by your own biases and a giant helping of justifiable indignation otherwise you’re ironically engaging in the same kind of thing you very likely accused Zimmerman of in the shooting of Trayvon Martin: jumping to a conclusion without any actual evidence.
And another thing: Enough with the bullshit about how if the family in the SUV had been anything other the very white people they were, Zimmerman would’ve left them or maybe walked up to the overturned vehicle and shot its gas tank, just to ensure that they burned alive. I have no doubt that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin as a suspicious interloper in large part because of the color of his skin and that it’s that very wrong snap judgment that set the wheels in motion that ultimately cost the kid his life. But that doesn’t mean that Zimmerman would come across a black family in imminent peril and react the same way. The circumstances would be different and the people themselves would be different; it’s doubtful Zimmerman would look at a middle-aged black couple with two little kids that have just been the victims of a car crash and see criminals. He may have made a really terrible and tragic assumption that reveals a truly pernicious brand of racism, but I don’t think he’s the kind of monster that would ignore innocent people who need help in an emergency just because they’re black. And that’s exactly the point: Zimmerman automatically assumed that Trayvon Martin wasn’t innocent, or that he at the very least might not be. A family of four would, ironically, get the benefit of the doubt.
The bottom line here is that you don’t need to create some kind of ridiculously fiendish narrative to make Zimmerman look bad and to make his judgment and behavior appear questionable at best, flat-out unconscionably wrong at worst, regardless of what a jury that was forced to follow the letter of the law in dumb-ass Florida had to say. You don’t need to because the Zimmerman case — the Trayvon Martin shooting, the feelings of anger and frustration after the verdict, all of it — is ugly enough on its own.
The family Zimmerman helped out after that crash are now saying that while they’re grateful, they don’t want to have any further public association with him because of all the outrage and hostility over his acquittal. I can’t say I blame them. Jesus, there are people who, without any evidence or really anything other than a lot of speculation, already believe that this family helped Zimmerman fake a publicity stunt. To those people: seriously, please stop.