I Hate Everyone Who Didn’t Save the Dolphin Stuck in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York
I don’t have television and I don’t watch the news. I hadn’t read any news today, either, when my mom called me and told me there was a dolphin stuck in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, right down the block from my house. I hurried over to the bridge where a throng of onlookers peered over the ledge, gawking at the half-submerged dolphin flopping weakly by the muddy bank. They were saying “aw,” and taking pictures.
I immediately called my friend Josh, who has a boat in the canal. It was broken, flooded from the hurricane. He hurried into Brooklyn from Manhattan and we grabbed some rope and a pole from his shop anyway. What were we going to do? I’m not sure. Anything other than nothing.
We arrived at the scene where the dolphin, one of the smartest animals on earth, lay dying in the toxic waste of the canal. By this time, police had blocked off the area with caution tape and were telling people to go home. News crews blared their lights. No rescue crew in sight.
Josh bantered with the police for a few minutes to no avail. It was a liability, they said, to let him climb down the ladder and try to rope the dolphin so it could be pulled back into deeper waters.
New Yorkers are fucking stupid. New York is probably one of the only places, if not the only place, who would let an animal die because they’re more concerned with crowd control and liabilities.
I’ve heard a lot of Northern folks call Southerners ‘redneck,’ among other things, for their no-fear attitude when it comes to getting hands-on even in dangerous situations. The true idiots reside in New York. People in the south live like real human beings who understand compassion and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, especially in a “life or death” situation such as this. New Yorkers are more like robotic slaves; safety first, even when it means drastically lowering or compromising the value life.
I hate the police for serving no purpose other than to relentlessly harass people from day to day. They are a hindrance if anything. I understand that they were just “doing their jobs,” but that’s the problem. Everyone is just “doing their job.” No one is willing to extend a helping hand or do a little extra work to make a positive difference in the world, however big or small.
I especially hate the bitchy Sergeant who wouldn’t let anyone help the dolphin at their own risk.
I hate everyone who stands around gawking and taking pictures like a bunch of stupid dogs staring at a piece of meat.
I hate the guy with the “Save Innocent Animals” sign who was shoving a camera in everyone’s face. I understand that what he was doing was actually very important, and I wouldn’t want him to not be doing it, but fuck off with the camera. I don’t want a camera in my face and neither did my friends.
I hate everyone in the city who was capable of helping and who did nothing. Plenty of people have small boats. No one cares. That’s the problem.
Josh’s son, a 12-year-old, understood that “everyone was just watching it die.”
“Hey mom,” he joked in the car in a mocking tone, “get a picture of me in front of this dying dolphin! How do I look?”
I hate every compassionless person in this city, which is the majority of folks. And I hate everyone who let it die, which is also the majority of folks. If everyone had said “What can I do to help?” instead of “aw” or nothing at all, the dolphin may have lived. Nature can be brutal.
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