Slavery Made Me Do It. Or Maybe It Was Pregnancy.
Reading headlines this week, one after another bowled me over:
“Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war” (here)
In the mad, upside down, insane, everything-is-backwards world in which we live, terror organizations make demands and the media presents them as if it’s perfectly normal that sub-humans have the right to do so.
“Mexico protests Texas National Guard troops on US border” (here)
And in the lunatic, wacky, everything-is-in-reverse universe, a country on the other side of our border complains about America trying (albeit it just barely with one Governor on the front lines) to protect her borders.
And on and on the headlines went. But this one really grabbed me.
“Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster” (here)
Here’s the back story as CNS reports:
Mireille Miller-Young, an assistant professor in the University of California/Santa Barbara’s Feminist Studies Department, pled “no contest” last Thursday to misdemeanor charges of theft, battery, and vandalism resulting from her March altercation with pro-life demonstrators on campus. She will be sentenced on August 14.
The altercation arose when Miller-Young grabbed a sign with photos of aborted babies from a group of pro-life activists led by 21-year-old Joan Short, claiming that she was “triggered” by the images.
The professor then pushed and scratched Joan’s sister, 16-year-old Thrin Short, who caught the incident on video. Miller-Young got away with the sign and later destroyed it in her office.
At the time Professor Miller-Young told police that she felt she had “a moral right” to steal the sign and that “she set a good example for her students” by encouraging them to help her.
Even after admitting to police that she took the sign, she entered a plea of "not guilty" on April 4th before changing her plea to "no contest" last week.
See video of the event here.
But the madness did not end there. Instead, lunatics are ratcheting up rationales for Young’s behavior that surpass what even the most brilliant writer of fiction could concoct. The Daily Caller reports:
The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.” (snip)
Now, as Miller-Young awaits sentencing, a coterie of her fellow professors has submitted letters about their colleague to the judge presiding over the case, Brian Hill.
As Fox News notes, some of the professors wrote the glowing letters on officially UCSB letterhead — possibly on school equipment and during their taxpayer-funded work time.
UCSB history professor Paul Spikard charged in his letter to Judge Hill that Miller-Young has been the victim of “an energetic smear campaign that seems to have little to do with her person or her actions, and a great deal to do with fomenting racial hatred and rallying right-wing political sentiment.”
“It would be tragic if Dr. Miller-Young were sentenced to jail time or mandatory anger management classes based on the press’ portrayal of her as an Angry Black Woman,” Spikard wrote.
Miller-Young, who specializes in queer theory, black film and pornography, apparently failed to mention either “racial hatred” or “right-wing political sentiment” when she (sic) speaking to police about the event in Marc (sic) just after it initially happened.
Instead, she said felt “triggered in a negative way” by graphic images on the anti-abortion poster and on corresponding anti-abortion literature. “Asked if there had been a struggle, Miller-Young stated, ‘I’m stronger so I was able to take the poster.’ (snip)
Another professor, Eileen Boris of UCSB’s feminist studies department, urged the judge in the case to be lenient because Miller-Young was three months pregnant when she stole the anti-abortion sign, destroyed it and battered a 16-year-old girl.
Boris is a real piece of work. Per Fox News, she went on to say:
Prof. Boris seeks clemency for her colleague, stating, “she was at the stage of a pregnancy when one is not fully one’s self fully, so the image of a severed fetus appeared threatening.”
“If she appears smiling on camera,” Prof. Boris continues, “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.”
Hold it. “A cultural legacy of slavery” was behind the professor’s actions? Oh, that and the fact that she was pregnant. To think I’ve been walking around all these years unaware that I should keep my distance from pregnant women lest they lash out at me.
Good to know.
(And as an aside, can you imagine how feminists would react if a conservative were to suggest that a pregnant woman is not of right mind, is off kilter, is subject to acting out and breaking the law because she is with child? Or should I say, with clump of cells?)
If you haven’t had your fill of sheer nonsense, you can read the police report here. The Cliff Notes version is that the good professor felt her actions were justified because the images on the pro-life signs upset her. If only the pro-life activists had obeyed her command to remove the signs, she would not have been driven to take further action.
And there you have it! The core argument of the ever-aggrieved victim classes who claim their delicate sensibilities have been offended. Otherwise known as: I don’t like you and/or what you stand for and/or what you’re doing and so I am going to physically assault you and/or those with you and/or your possessions and goods. And I am justified in my behavior. (Jihad in a nutshell.)
And because this brutish mentality rules the day, we have Hamas making demands, Mexico expressing outrage at the United States securing the border, and a college professor arrogantly breaking the law because she felt upset and justified while apparently suffering from the long-term effects of slavery.
Just when you think the left has reached bottom, they offer up evidence there is still more yet to go.