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Asian Passenger Yanked Off United Flight Same as Rosa Parks? Black Twitter Sets the Record Straight

David Dao was left bloodied after his violent United Airlines dragging. (Screenshot via Facebook)

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the Jim Crow South in 1955. David Dao was forcibly removed from his seat on a United Airlines flight in 2017. Does that make Dao a logical comparison to Parks? Some seem to think so, but others are swiftly shutting that notion down.

“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,” Dao’s lawyer Thomas Demetrio said at a Thursday, April 13 press conference, USA Today reported.

He added a person emailed him saying Dao was the “modern-day Asian version of Rosa Parks,” but Demetrio noted Dao’s incident was not racially motivated and that anyone could have been the victim.

Demetrio said his client is still hospitalized with a concussion, broken nose, damaged sinuses, two lost teeth and other injuries after the caught-on-tape episode.

Other people have made the same comparison between Parks, a Black woman, and the Vietnamese Dao, a doctor who refused to get out of his seat when United crew told him the flight was overbooked on Sunday, April 9. The company later backtracked on the overbooked statement, saying it was oversold and finally saying neither was the case.

When Demetrio’s emailed comment made headlines, the public expressed its displeasure with the comparison.

One user broke down what made Parks’ act of protest different from Dao’s violent occurrence.

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