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It found that South Asians were the most targeted among Asian Americans and that vandalism was the most common form of anti-Asian discrimination.This is reinforced by recent anti-Asian vandalism at Stanford University that included such threats as "rape all oriental bitches," "kill all gooks," and "I'm a real white american." Similar incidents and anti-Asian threats have also occurred and continue to occur at college campuses all around the country.One may think that as the Asian American population becomes larger and more integrated into the mainstream American social and political institutions that incidents of anti-Asian racism would occur less often. The last 20 years or so has seen Asian Americans become the fastest-growing targets for hate crimes and violence.It seems that whenever there are problems in American society, political or economic, there always seems to be the need for a scapegoat -- someone or a group of people who is/are singled out, unjustifiably blamed, and targeted with severe hostility.In other words, Vincent's murder was another example of how the life of an Asian American is systematically devalued in relation to that of a "real" American.Although justice was not served in this case, Vincent's murder galvanized the entire Asian American community like no other incident before it.As the section on Asian American history discussed, numerous acts of discrimination against Chinese immigrants culminated in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.For the first and so far only time in American history, an entire ethnic group was singled out and forbidden to step foot on American soil.
Further, the lenient treatment that his killers received echoes similar incidents in the late 1800s in which Chinese miners were not allowed to testify against Whites who attacked them or murdered their friends.
This verdict and sentence outraged the entire Asian American community in the Detroit area and all around the country. Justice Department to charge the two men with violating Vincent Chin's civil rights.
Soon, several organizations formed a multi-racial coalition to demand justice for the murder of Vincent Chin. They organized rallies and protests, circulated petitions, and kept the issue in the media spotlight.
The equally tragic part of this murder were how Vincent's murderers were handled by the criminal justice system.
First, instead of being put on trial for second degree murder (intentionally killing someone but without premeditation), the prosecutor instead negotiated a plea bargain for reduced charges of manslaughter (accidentally killing someone).