25 years after Vincent Chin

Thursday, June 21, 2007

It’s been 25 years now since the death of Vincent Chin who was brutally attacked and killed in a hate crime where the perpetrators where pretty much let off without so much as a slap on the wrists…here’s a snippet from an article down at wdetfm.com

“Twenty five years after his death. . . Vincent Chin’s murder remains a symbol of racial intolerance in Metro Detroit. WDET’s John Notarianni has more."

In 1982. . . Chinese American Vincent Chin was celebrating his bachelor’s party in Highland Park. A bar-room scuffle escalated. . . and two men tracked Chin down and beat him to death with a baseball bat. The attackers were auto workers. . . and thought Chin was Japanese. The case drew national attention. . . especially as the judge handed down weak probation sentences to the two perpetrators. Outraged citizens formed “American Citizens for Justice” to prevent hate violence against Asian Americans in the future. Still. . . A-C-J President Roland Hwang says things have changed less than he’d hoped in 25 years”

Read more from the article here and more on Vincent.