Turning your back on someone represents the ultimate in rudeness, because it dismisses a person totally. It says the person has nothing worthwhile to say and represents an utter rejection.
That’s why, as much as I mourn the death of their fellow officers, I utterly reject the childish yet hurtful means many have shown to personify it, by turning their back on the Mayor of this great and diverse city.
The ultimate asset of NYC revolves around the melting pot it represents; the pluralism of our society is conveyed to the utmost by the diverse neighborhoods and people of our most cosmopolitan city. You can find anything and anyone in New York, and at any time.
By turning their backs on the leader of our great city, the police officers have rejected their own boss, elected by the people in case they have forgotten that.
While you may disagree with what the Mayor may say, or his motivations in saying it, he deserves respect because he presents the people’s will. Much more than any single or group of police officers.
Just as I think holding up your hands and saying “I give up, don’t shoot,” does not convey the status of police relationships with the community, turning your back on the Mayor does not convey the complexity of that relationship as well.
Let’s hope all sides are willing to discuss policy instead of making puerile gestures.