The Black community in San Francisco joined members of the Chinese American community recently in a remembrance of Vincent Chin.
Chin died in 1983 after Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz beat him with a baseball bat in Detroit. The unemployed auto workers blamed Japan for the declining American auto industry and took their anger out on Chin.
The memorial marked the 48th anniversary of the death of Chin who was enjoying his bachelor party the night of the beating. The commemoration at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association was attended by members of the San Francisco Peace Collective, a group of volunteers who patrol the community to add an extra layer of security, along with Black community leaders.
“The message of all leaders are that minorities are not treated fairly in America, said Leanna Louie,” a co-founder of the Peace Collective. “Today’s leaders message resoundingly echoed speech after speech “Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter!”
Chin’s murder has become a turning point in Asian American history as Ebens and Nitz never spent a day in prison for their crime. They ultimately pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received seven years probation.
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