Does Zimmerman saving a man's life last week change any opinions?

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  1. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 10 years ago

    Does Zimmerman saving a man's life last week change any opinions?

    So it has come out that last week Zimmerman saved a man who was stuck in a flipped over truck. Will this make people see the man different?

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    detroitmareposted 10 years ago

    Unless it was a black man that he saved, I'd say no.  I personally don't think he did anything wrong in the first place and believe that justice prevailed in the murder case against him.  However, the race baiters and those who follow them, will still see him as a racist murderer - mostly thanks to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the press.

  3. junkseller profile image80
    junksellerposted 10 years ago

    Saving a man's life? Do you mean helping them out of a vehicle in which no one was injured? I'm just happy the family wasn't black and Zimmerman didn't have his gun back yet. He might have had to 'defend his life' again.

    1. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      According to what I have read the vehicle was upside down on one of the people. Granted I'm not sure if the media is truthful or not on the situation. I have to ask if he did save a black man would you feel any different?

    2. junkseller profile image80
      junksellerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      If you believed, as I do, that he is entirely responsible for the death of Martin, would you feel any different? I don't really care if he gives mouth-to-mouth to a dying kitten. I have no interest in sewing capes for killers.

  4. ChristinS profile image38
    ChristinSposted 10 years ago

    Good deeds don't erase bad deeds, if that were the case everyone who is in prison could just go do something nice and it would all be better.  It is not a black and white issue - literally or figuratively.  There are people who commit crimes that are not all bad, they are still capable of compassion in some instances.  I think Zimmerman is a wannabe hero and in some ways that makes him much more dangerous.  Those who are so driven by a need to be seen as heroic are compelled to follow people around, to see trouble where there isn't any and they are more prone to vigilantism.  Do I think Zimmerman is evil? no. Do I think he's a few bricks shy of a load and not truly stable enough to be walking around armed? yes.  Does his act of saving a life change this fact? for me - no. I don't have a high opinion of him, I think he's a hothead and I have no tolerance for vigilantism.

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      christiananrkistposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thats a good point. I'm sure that kids parents feel much better knowing he saved another persons life. They may even ask him over for dinner because of his good deed.

    2. Express10 profile image85
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I fully agree with you Christin S. Also, I would not want any of his "help." For an adult he simply doesn't show the best judgement and I try to avoid these types of people whenever possible.

  5. fpherj48 profile image59
    fpherj48posted 10 years ago

    To be perfectly honest with you, I'm not 100% certain how I see him, in the 1st place.  I don't believe any single/isolated event or incident......(positive or negative)......can possibly define ANY human being....nor confine others to one single view/opinion of another.  To form an unmoving opinion, or to "judge" a person, based on such, is unfair, as well as unreasonable.
    We are all multi-faceted individuals, with numerous levels, twists and turns to our personalities and capabilities.
    Because a man may have lived 30+ years as a solid, law-abiding citizen, who served others, raised a wonderful family and led a respectable life......but committed a crime, once, in those 30 years.......How do we describe him? judge him? choose to form a personal opinion, with any amount of reason or assurance?   Contrarily......If a man spends a major portion of his life, in and out of prison for repeated criminal behavior......but as a free man, spends the balance of life, devoted to good deeds, protecting people from harm and perhaps, saves a life......What sort of man is he?  Do we call him a Hero?  Do we think that nothing he ever does, can ever redeem him from his shady past?  Would we simply ignore his past criminal behavior?
    There are those who choose quickly to "LABEL" others......although they, themselves, could never accept being labeled, due to an isolated incident.  It is quite easy to point, discount and disregard, as "onlookers."   
    Above and beyond all else, it cannot be denied that there is good & bad in each and every one of us.  We can achieve and accomplish much that is noteworthy and impressive.  We can and DO, also make mistakes, poor choices and perhaps find ourselves in serious trouble with the law.   We build & destroy....give generously sometimes, but often take, selfishly.
    I TRY to keep all of this in mind, when it comes to "how I see someone or what I think of them."  My opinion of Zimmerman?   The reality is, I know so little about the man that he is.  The media, hoopla, controversy, tragedy, ranting & raving of he is both good & bad.......I rest MY case.

    1. johnsonrallen profile image89
      johnsonrallenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Perfectly stated.

    2. Barnsey profile image70
      Barnseyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, well said!

  6. Trish89 profile image57
    Trish89posted 10 years ago

    The people who find him guilty as sin, aren't going to see this as a good deed. Why would they? They're gonna see it as a way for Zimmerman to try and redeem himself in some sense, when in reality he did do a good deed. He was willing to take time out of his day to potentially help save someone's life and that should be recognized.

    1. Barnsey profile image70
      Barnseyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree but sadly in our now Capitalist Extremist nation no one gives a damn about good people, about good deeds or about one another. Everyone wants a target and Zimmerman foolishly followed an angry teen in the night, target provided.

  7. LandmarkWealth profile image68
    LandmarkWealthposted 10 years ago

    No...people will see him the way they want to.  If they wanted to hang him for defending himself while being assaulted, then they'll come up with a reason to critique him for helping someone in need.  They have already made up there minds.

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      CalebSparksposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Very insightful, LW. It is true that people will believe what the WANT, based on emotion---regardless of the facts. It's sad that more of our leaders won't look at this situation in a mature and just way.

  8. kenjmo profile image59
    kenjmoposted 10 years ago

    The Trayvon murder was a tragedy and I feel bad for his family first of all. As for Zimmerman saving a life that's cool if its true however he did commit manslaughter
    and I think he should have been convicted of that, at least. The verdict was a just one hard to prove second degree murder with one side of the story deceased and distant witnesses, although I do agree with the states prosecution of intent. Fearing for your life in my opinion would have happen before Zimmerman got out of the car. Instead of fleeing a lions den he walked right into it. Contrary to the defense's theory I think Zimmerman had his gun already drawn, asking questions like a cop and didn't give no credentials upon confrontation. Note the medical examiner didn't rule out the possibility of Zimmerman self inflicting his wounds. Zimmerman was found not guilty of pre meditated murder but he still killed a teenage kid, despite trying to tarnish his name Trayvon was unarmed and suppose to be where he was that night. Right is right and wrong is wrong period. If you murder someone and its your first offense guess what you go to jail there are no mulligans, doesn't matter if you save a bus full of children after you shot another dead that doesn't make up the life that was took. The real problem is the law stand your ground but I wonder if a black man shot a seventeen year old white kid in a gated community would the outcome be any different, would the police automatically presume innocence lets hope we don't never see any kid gunned down. Oh can we get a jury of his peers that is not mostly white and all female I mean that's like an all male panel discussing women reproductive rights.

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    christiananrkistposted 10 years ago

    It doesn't. Also doesn't it seem like a total publicity stunt? Its really such a coincidence. I guess it's possible it really happens. I'm pretty sure i heard a very similar story by John Malkovich before his movie came out. I have also heard of of other celebrities doing such things. Am I alone on this thought?

    1. Express10 profile image85
      Express10posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It does seem possible that he wanted to take advantage of the possible brownie points that some people are giving him.

  10. Borsia profile image40
    Borsiaposted 10 years ago

    No it hasn't changed my opinion of Zimmerman because I never had a bad opinion of him.
    It seems so many think that he was somehow obligated to let Martin beat him to death rather than defend himself. From many comments I question if anyone actually watched the trial and listened to the evidence. My guess is that they saw the photos of the very young Mr. Martin and their minds were made up by their hearts rather than their heads.
    I saw the news blip right after the rescue and I never bothered to look into the matter as to what the conditions were when he came to the assistance of the crash victims. I doubt that Zimmerman looked to see what race they were.
    Given the number of death threats he and his family has received it was brave of him to come to anyone's aid, but he did. I think it is shameful of those he helped to refuse to acknowledge his help.

    1. kenjmo profile image59
      kenjmoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Questions Borsia, Did he have a right to be there, meaning Trayvon in the gated community? Did he have any weapons, other than concrete as Zimmerman had? What would have been Trayvons motive? Anger.. Zimmerman's life may have changed but he has one.

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      CalebSparksposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Bravo, Borsia...

    3. Borsia profile image40
      Borsiaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      He was OK walking through the complex if they have an open policy, some do some don't. But Z was not wrong in being suspicious. Had M not assaulted Z he would be alive today. Concrete can kill just as a gun can kill.


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