Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin published a column challenging the popular narrative told about Vincent Chin, the subject of the State Bar of Michigan's 34th Michigan Legal Milestone, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry.
Chin was a Chinese American who was brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat on the night before his wedding. His killers, two white men, who by most accounts were out-of-work automotive workers that mistook Chin for a Japanese person, were sentenced to three years of probation and paid a $3,000 fine. This outraged many people, in particular those in the Asian American community, and is credited with galvanizing the Asian American Civil Rights Movement.
Frank Wu, former dean of Wayne State Law School, challenges Rubin's arguments in his own Detroit News commentary.
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