Did slavery and pregnancy drive professor to accost teen?

August 16, 2014
Mireille Miller-Young,

Mireille Miller-Young,

Supporters of a University of California Santa Barbara associate professor of feminist studies contend her pregnancy and a legacy of slavery drove her to accost a teen and steal the young woman’s protest sign. [FOX]

On March 4, members of an anti-abortion group were passing out pamphlets and holding signs with graphic images of dead fetuses on the university campus. Professor Mireille Miller-Young, 38, began yelling for the signs to be removed, grabbed one of the signs, and then pushed and scratched a 16-year-old activist.

“I may be a thief, but you’re a terrorist,” Miller-Young said as she walked away.

Miller-Young pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of theft, vandalism and battery. She was set to be sentenced on Thursday, but the date was extended.

Some supporters of Miller-Young said the “cultural legacy of slavery” and even the effects of pregnancy helped explain her actions.

“If she appears smiling on camera, she is ‘wearing the mask,’ that is, she is hiding her actual state through a strategy of self-presentation that is a cultural legacy of slavery,” said Eileen Boris, Feminist Studies professor.

Miller-Young, who was three months pregnant at the time of the March protest, wrote a letter of apology for her defense attorney to present before sentencing.

“The Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust group had a perfect right to come to UC Santa Barbara to express their views about women’s reproductive rights,” Miller-Young wrote. “As much as the images they displayed were offensive and distressing to my students, and to me, I had no right to take their poster or destroy it.”


41 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    By chance, does this wonderful example of professorial intelligence have a “COEXIST” bumper sticker on her prius/subaru?

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  2. charger805 says:

    I come from a long line of alcoholics. After reading this, I think I need to go get out the family albums to take the edge off. Ridiculousness…

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  3. tomsquawk says:

    what great excuses. they are powerful and promote growth.

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    • Sebastes says:

      Some more letters written by UCSB staff.

      http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/18851/

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    • Ted Slanders says:

      Sebastes,

      In the link you provided, they are NOT Pro-LIfers, but “Pro-Baby”. You hardly ever see the misnamed Pro-Life faction concerned about ALL life that is taken away in a myriad of different disturbing ways. The Pro-Baby faction are only concerned from the fertilized egg, zygote, fetus, to the delivery of a baby. If this correctly named Pro-Baby faction are Christians as well, then they become some of the biggest hypocrites known to man in so many ways!

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        Brother Ted ….Even that is a disguise. All is a cover for their unholy desires for unlimited promiscuity. These unapologetic original sinners are, in fact, PRO-SEX hedonists that attempt to sugar-coat their salacious behaviors with religion.

        Fortunately, the unseen GOD sees them …and their filthy minds and black hearts; and will deal with them forthwith !

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