We might have a new word to add to the very vast and very swollen lexicon of 21st Century victimology, courtesy of Garnet Coleman, a Texas Democratic state representative from Houston.
Pontificating about the supposed chain of injustices that culminated in Sandra Bland’s death after a traffic stop on July 10, he lashed out, grievously and powerlessly, against law enforcement in his home state.
Mr. Coleman…expressed what he said was longstanding anger over the agency’s attitude on race, telling Mr. McCraw that he once walked into a department office that had wallpaper with the Confederate flag. Mr. Coleman also said he was driving recently when he was stopped for a minor traffic violation and the officer was “rude and nasty” and “treated me like a boy.”
“I get afraid when there’s a law enforcement officer around,” Mr. Coleman said. “I don’t see them as people who are trying to protect me.”
“We have moved backwards in attitude,” he added. Mr. Coleman blamed Mr. McCraw’s agency for what happened to Ms. Bland, saying that “the catalyst” for her death “clearly came from the traffic stop.”
“What he did triggered the whole thing,” Mr. Coleman said of Trooper Encinia. He demanded that Mr. McCraw instruct his officers: “Don’t ever throw a black woman on the ground again. Don’t ever do that again.”
OK, I get it. The “trigger” word has played itself out by now. That word, in describing some sly assumed sense of insult against the aggrieved racial victims of choice, has seen its better day.
Now we have “catalyst.”
According to Coleman’s latest contribution, Sandra Bland, because it cannot proven otherwise, died because an evil White catalyst spurred a self-destrutive, suicidal reaction in her jail cell while unsurpervised.
The catalyst word represents a new level of victimology. Its use does not attempt to refute reality. It only escalates the nonsense by inferring that the reality was created by indirect actions, behavior and words. If you allege someone is a catalyst for a crime, you are thus lowering the bar very low in order to squeak out a trickle of guilt that might not be attainable otherwise (in the presence of common sense).
In other words, concerning Sandra Bland’s demise, we can admit that yes, she was a suicidal hothead with a big police chip on her shoulder.
However, strategically contriving the catalyst word, we can disavow all personal responsibility for her actions because of this evil, racist catalyst. If it wasn’t for the catalyst, she would be alive today.
Catalyst is the latest term of unaccountabilty in the progression toward eschewing any sense of self-responsibility on the part of those who simply are constitutionally unable to directly obey a police officer’s orders without creating a Rosa Parks scene.