At the Capitol Wednesday lawmakers held a meeting with the officials of the Texas Youth Commission, to hear how they’re coming with the sweeping reforms outlined in last session. I’m in such a pissy funk it’s taking 2 days and hard liquor to absorb the testimony.
The only M.D. who spoke said what they need to do is take behavioral control of the population, and that he would diagnose “100 percent of the inmates with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.” He then praised the cutting edge research of Harvard’s bi-polar child mafia, citing Biederman by name, as mark of credibility. There was no criticism or suggestion of internal controversy, and there won’t be, ever. A specialized medical practice is by definition out of reach from general discourse, the specialist alone speaks in the legitimizing language and name of psychiatry. Speaks to a gullible and appreciative audience that bows like sheep to terminology they don’t understand because they don’t understand it, yes and it’s settled, let the experts handle it.
But the big news is this: TYC is moving the use of pepper spray from the fourth to third step in what’s called the de-escalation process when dealing with belligerent kids. The rationale given — do you see this coming? Dear Christ on a muffin top. See, it’s all about choices. We expand the use of pepper spray on 10 year olds in order to reduce the number of broken bones that occur when said 10 year olds are subjected to physical restraints. Blinding children for a couple minutes is seen as a better option to cracking open their skulls, of course it will be frequent, casual and tempting, much easier to objectify a child (“inferior” “criminal” “oppositional defiant disordered”) you’re trying to control by pointing and spraying a can of toxic chemicals in their face, as opposed to the messy engagement of mind and emotion that comes with the heave and sweat of one body physically taking down another. But this new policy will result in fewer worker compensation claims for the state to pay, and what’s not to love about that?
In Texas this is how we do human rights reform. The people who might arguably be talking against this practice are not. Who are those people anymore? I’m trying to follow their reasoning. The sad thing is I think I get it. Please. If I ever speak about becoming an advocate again do the world a favor and blow my reformist brains out.