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- Posted on Jun 25th 2010 1:30PM by Steve Baltin
"I'm so willing to support this," the legendary Ronettes singer tells Spinner. "I'm glad, I really am, because it's the first thing I feel so strongly about."
Despite being a 66-year-old from New York, Spector found a number of things she has in common with the 18-year-old Mississippi native. "I know what it feels like to grow up as an outsider because I'm a half-breed. People would picket me, cut my hair off and everything," she says, recalling her own youth. "I could identify with her because when I grew up my mother was black, my father was white and my mom was also half-Cherokee. I got picked on so much because they didn't know what I was."
Spector could also empathize with McMillen's fighting spirit. Rather than roll over and accept her school's decision, McMillen battled the school with the help of the ACLU in a case that is still pending. Spector, who hasn't met McMillen yet in person, couldn't be more impressive with the girl's resolve. "I'm so proud of her because I did the same thing. I spent 21 years in litigation because I refused to give up. That's the same with Constance," she says.
"As a mother, I felt for Constance," she adds. "We have to accept all kids for who they are and treat them with love and understanding. How could you not let a girl come to a prom? I just thought it was outrageous."