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VietUnity outrightly condemns the violent removal of a Vietnamese American man named David Dao from the United Airlines Flight 3411. We want to echo the public outrage expressed against the unjust nature of David Dao’s removal.

David Dao’s lawyer expressed in a recent press conference, “ [David Dao] said that being dragged down the aisle was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam.” The outrage and response from many Vietnamese Americans echoes the violence and brutality that our communities have faced in our recent past with the American War in Vietnam.

This is a reminder to us that corporate and police violence of this nature is not new and does not exist in isolation. The fact that profits are viewed as more valuable than human lives is evident not only in this case, but we see the same patterns in our own refugee and immigrant communities. Even more so, Black and Brown communities face police violence at the hands of the state on a daily basis.

David Dao’s refusal and subsequent forced removal reminds us that class privilege and being framed as “model minorities” does not protect us from these forms of violence.

We want to express our solidarity with the Dao family and their efforts in healing, recovery, and fighting back against United Airlines. We demand that United Airlines publically condemn the brutality enacted by the Chicago aviation police, sufficiently compensate David Dao and commit to any reforms they have promised to pursue. We also call on our fellow Vietnamese communities to condemn and mobilize against all forms of police brutality against Black and Brown people.

With this event occurring in the weeks approaching April 30th, the date marking the removal of American troops from Vietnam that led to a refugee exodus from the country, we urge our community to channel the momentum and outrage of this moment into already ongoing efforts to resist all forms of corporate and state violence.

On April 30th, 2017, VietUnty will host a discussion with the Vietnamese community, partners, and allies about the ongoing cycle of trauma caused by American capitalism and imperialism. Even 42 years after the American War in Southeast Asia, we can already see how the violent removal of David Dao is one of many cases of how the war continues for refugees and all those who have been displaced by its ongoing effects today. Please join us in our efforts to heal and mobilize our communities. You can RSVP for the event here.

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