Who was Vincent Chin?

Educate yourself.
  1. It was June 19, 1982 in the Highland Park suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
  2. It was the night before Chin's wedding, he was having his bachelor's party at the Fancy Pants strip club.
  3. Ronald Ebens, a white man also at the club, told Chin and friends "It's because of you little motherfuckers that we're out of work."
    Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz worked for Chrysler.
  4. The incident they are referring to was this apparent idea that U.S. auto manufacturing jobs were being lost to Japan.
  5. Vincent was Chinese-American, not Japanese.
  6. They were all thrown out of the club.
  7. Outside, Chin who was drunk, taunted Ebens.
    It was his bachelor party.
  8. They all parted ways.
  9. However, subsequently, Ebens and Nitz scoured the neighborhood to find him, even paying another man $20 to help look.
  10. They found him at a McDonald's.
  11. Chin attempted to escape.
  12. But was trapped in a bear hug by Nitz whilst repeatedly battered by Ebens with a baseball bat until his head cracked open.
  13. Chin was rushed to the hospital unconscious.
  14. He remained in a coma for four days.
  15. He died on June 23, 1982.
  16. He was 27 years old.
  17. Instead of a wedding, family and friends attended a funeral.
  18. Ronald Ebens was arrested and taken into custody by two off duty police officers who witnessed the beating.
  19. Both Ebens and Nitz were convicted in county court for second degree murder.
  20. After a plea bargain, this was brought down to manslaughter.
  21. They were given three years probation, fined $3000 and ordered to pay $780 in court costs.
  22. They served no jail time.
  23. Because "these were not the kind of men you send to jail... you don't make punishment to fit the crime; you make the punishment fit the criminal."
  24. In a 1984 federal civil rights case, Ebens was found guilty of the second count and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Nitz was acquitted.
  25. The case was overturned in 1986.
  26. Retrial jury, in 1987, cleared Ebens of all charges.
  27. The civil suit was settled in 1987. With Nitz ordered to pay $50,000 and Ebens to pay $1.5 million to the Chin estate.
  28. This was a hate crime.
  29. No one served jail time.
  30. Out of respect for the auto industry, it was considered an unimportant, political "hot potato" in Washington.
  31. Lily Chin, Vincent Chin's mother, stated this: "What kind of justice? This happened because my son is Chinese. If two Chinese killed a white person, they must go to jail, maybe for their whole lives..."
    Do you think she's wrong?
  32. This was a hate crime.