A column in the Detroit News by Neil Rubin sparked nearly unanimous condemnation from the Asian American community who accuse Rubin of attempting to rewrite history based on the opinion of one observer.
Prominent Asian American blogger Jeff Yang contends that pretending racism doesn’t happen doesn’t make it go away.
Rubin argues against the widely held belief that former auto worker Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz killed Vincent Chin in 1982 because they blamed Japanese auto makers for the high jobless rate in the Detroit auto industry.
Although Chin is Chinese American, witnesses told prosecutors they heard Ebens and Nitz scream racial epithets like “nip” and “chink” at Chin.
Below are hotlinks to Yang’s response to Rubin along with additional links to others.