The NYPD exploitation of Deprimo ' s generosity
Physically,we are warm-blooded creatures.We do not need an external heat source to heat up our bodies.But emotionally we are not the same.We differ from each others according to the levels of our arousal and sensitivity.Some of us are alert and quick responsive to an external stimuli but some others lukewarm,reluctant and have blunted senses .The first category is described as warmhearted, comfortable to be around, responsive,passionate about something or engaged in intense discovery.The second category is described as cold,calm,indifferent,bored, flat,aloof and lethargic.
In some cultures,if you don't display warm emotions and interests,they would think that you are cold and impolite,while in others showing some emotions,they would think that you have low moral standards.
But in USA,it is hard to divide society into warm and cold category,because it is built on the racial and ethnic diversity ,as result of large-scale immigration from many different countries.Each community stands out with its distinctive features which have enriched American culture and make it look like a bowl of salad rather than a meltingpot .Some communities,emotionally speaking, are generous,warmhearted, passionate,sexually liberal and some others tenacious,reserved,cold..But the question which has nettled me recently is why a picture taken by a passing tourist of a kindhearted NYP police officer ,Lawrence Deprimo 25 giving a pair of shoes and warm socks to a barefoot homeless man nearby Sketchers store become an internet sensation?Was it one of the Picasso's paintings? What did it make attracting 16,000 comments , 275,000 facebook"likes" and over 109,000 "share" it?was it a strong stimuli or something astonishing that we had never seen before?why does it require all that hot debates and standing ovation? is our nature not accustomed to that act of kindness?or are we exploited emotionally and deceived by NYPD?
Actually,there are other cops who do that kind of thing out-of-pocket a lot more than we can imagine and no one talks about them,nor do they ask accolades for it.I think what made this go viral and becomes online sensation is the negative stereotypes that we have about police officers and homeless people.Besides,the financial crises we get involved in and the damage we caused to the Middle east make our psychologies adjusted to the horror ,to the deformity ,to the sufferings of innocent people and more importantly ,selfish,cold,sadists,secluded and circling around our ego..
Homeless people are a common sight for officers and I am sure they see people without shoes ,warm clothes ,sleeping rough during the cold weather period and in most cases would point them to a shelter or a charitable organization.The NYPD posted that humanitarian picture,I think, to its Facebook page to improve its own bad image because they were many Civil Rights Campaigns stood against their aggression in many sites,defending the homeless people as an Electronic newspaper,Salon.reported "..there is an ongoing battle by homeless advocates in New York to combat mistreatment by cops. Equally, it’s worth noting that images of severe police brutality get far less online attention"1
As a conclusion,the generosity of Deprimo was splashed over social media on purpose by NYPD so as to improve its own image in Media and lessen the harshness of some critics.If all police officers are that warmhearted ,which I suspect ,why then last year,journalists,citizens,civil rights campaigns,photographers were prevented physically and some by force from filming the police ,evicting the occupiers of Wall Street ?
This is ridicule ,allowing only things which polish up your image or speak highly of you and at the same time,preventing or muting voices which criticize you.