On June 19, 1982, a young Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was brutally beaten to death in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent had been at his bachelor party with friends at a local suburban bar when Chrysler superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz insulted Vincent: “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work.” Ebens and Nitz were found guilty of manslaughter and charged three years of probation, a $3,000 fine, and $780 in court fees without spending a day in jail.
32 years ago, Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white auto workers because “It’s because of motherfuckers like you we’re out of jobs”. The two men were fined $3000 each and never served a day in jail for murdering 27 year old Vincent with a baseball bat. #NeverForget how the justice system failed us. Never Forget the name #VincentChin.
The murder of Vincent Chin became a pivotal point for the Asian American community and is often considered to be the beginning of the pan-Asian civil rights movement.