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UCSB Porn Professor Deals a Blow to Civil Rights

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Dudley, is it legal to assault someone whom you disagree with? That is not a tough question, is it? When police are called and there are witnesses to an assault, plus physical evidence in the form of blood and bruises, and telling video evidence, isn’t it standard procedure to arrest the perpetrator on the spot and book them into county jail? Maybe, I should be more specific, is it lawful for a college professor to assault a young person on the UCSB campus over a political dispute?

I understand that campus police make the original call as to whether to arrest someone or not, which means the campus police also have some explaining to do. Nonetheless, these many days later, I am surprised that you, Chancellor Yang, have not, at a minimum, temporarily suspended the professor involved in this story that has now made national headlines, and you District Attorney Dudley, have not charged the professor, in view of the fact that the victim called the police as this attack was unfolding. Am I missing something here?

For those of you who are unaware of this apparent travesty of justice, which is also an affront to everything a university should stand for, Dr. Mireille Miller-Young apparently attacked a young woman who was engaging in her right to assemble and speak in an area on campus that is dedicated as a free speech zone. Dr. Miller-Young, in essence, appeared to try and start a riot against these young women which culminated in her and some student allies taking away the protestor’s sign and assaulting the victim while the victim tried to detain the professor from closing the doors to an elevator until campus police arrived. Again, much of this story was caught on video!

In this day of political correctness, Dr. Mireille Miller Young, an African American and feminist studies professor, who specializes in pornography, has turned the whole concept of civil rights on its head. In this case, the young ladies who were attacked were on campus to convince anyone who would listen that abortion in America is a form of holocaust. Agreed, this is not a popular point of view on campus, but wouldn’t you assume that the last person on campus to engage in the persecution of a minority point of view would be this woman?

Dr. Miller Young is now part of the overwhelming majority, on campuses nationwide, who no longer believe that tolerance is a virtue if somebody is holding a minority position on a controversial subject. The professor, again on video, had the audacity to refer to the young woman as a terrorist. But, in reality the person who was terrorizing another was you Dr. Young. You were the person in the majority. The protestors were on your turf and you tried to run them out.  You felt so emboldened that you apparently thought you could engage in an assault with apparent impunity. Only time will tell if you are above the law, which brings me back to my original question.

Dr. Yang and D.A. Dudley, if a member of a protected minority had been assaulted under these circumstances, would we still be waiting the outcome of internal review or would we have been witness to an immediate press conference replete with declarations of umbrage and outrage? Please do the right thing immediately. Suspend and prosecute this professor and any students who were involved in this shameful and outrageous episode. We all deserve the right to be secure on campus and in this community, no matter how unpopular our point of views are and no matter who is wielding power.

(First Published in the Santa Barbara News-Press)

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