No Comparison: Why Dr. Dao And Rosa Parks Are Not The Same

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Up until now, we hadn’t reported on the United Airlines debacle. For those of you who have somehow managed to avoid the news, it all happened when Dr. Dao was asked to give up his seat on a flight. Dao had somewhere to be and refused. For those who haven’t seen the video, he was forcibly removed from his seat before he was dragged down the aisle. During the altercation, his face was bloodied. Heinous stuff.

If I’m being completely honest, it didn’t directly or adjacently involve a Black woman and I’m waiting for the day when other communities stand up and speak out against the injustices that take place in our community, that are very similar to this one.

So no, it didn’t involve Black women…until it did.

In a press conference, Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio said the unthinkable when he compared Dao’s predicament to that of Rosa Parks.

According to the USA Today, ”Dr. Dao, I believe to his great credit, has come to understand that he is the guy, the guy to stand up for all passengers going forward,” lawyer Thomas Demetrio said during a news conference Thursday. Demetrio said someone emailed him that Dao refusing to give up his seat made him the “Asian version of Rosa Parks,” but he added that he didn’t think what happened to Dao was racially motivated and could have happened to anyone.

In case you don’t understand why this comparison is problematic and a cheapening of Rosa Park’s legacy, take a look at the following slides to figure out why.

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