Earlier this year, a so-called “professor” physically attacked a teenage girl and stole her property, because she did not like the political message on the girl’s sign. It is inarguable that Mireille Miller-Young is a thug and a bully, but she is more than that – she is a terrorist. Let’s review Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word terrorism for more:
- The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal
The definition fits. She is obviously not morally equal to the ISIS terrorists cutting a bloody swath across Iraq, but there are always degrees of crime. Shoplifting a candy bar is not the same as embezzling ten million dollars, and is not punished the same way. But both actions are stealing, and both perpetrators are thieves. This so-called “professor” did not fly a plane into a building or set fire to someone’s home, but she is still a terrorist.
Some would say that my logic is the same as the “logic” the so-called “professor” used to accuse the teenager of being a terrorist. That is an absurd false equivalency bordering on moral relativism.
The teenage victim engaged in no violence. Miller-Young used violence to censor political speech she disliked and intimidate a teenager and her companion into not engaging in political speech, simply because she is bigger and stronger – which she openly bragged about doing. Her actions were designed to intimidate and censor future protests. The message behind Miller-Young’s thuggery was clear: “If you come on campus with unapproved speech, university ‘professors’ will physically attack you and steal your things.”
Miller-Young’s defenders have whined about the “angry black woman” portrayal, but this is not a racial issue. This is a criminal issue, as well as an issue of free speech and civility. Attempting to deflect the legitimate consequences for her criminal behavior is not only desperate race-baiting, it is racist itself.
As a free society, we must not tolerate this kind of behavior from thugs like Miller-Young. The real issue is that an employee of a state university violently suppressed the free speech of a teenage girl who was peacefully picketing on campus. If we value free speech, this thuggery must be harshly punished.