I hoped we'd moved on from then. But OK, authorities can do what they want, bust you up, break your bones, illegally by the way, and you can write a letter afterwards. Seems fair?
I don't see how Dr. Dao was anything but decent. There was no legal reason for him to leave his seat. Would you let police into your house without warrant or reason? Honestly? Or would you tell them to come back when they have a warrant? Does that make you a child? I don't think so, it means you're upholding the values your country is supposed to be founded on.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe you brought up the Dao incident by comparing him to Rosa Parks.
Additionally, no one is arguing the legality of police overreach and brutality. I was simply stating the reality of our country today. And I hope you realize you have more recourse to combat police overreach or perceived company wrongdoing than write a letter. But, what most people are arguing is that 9/10 it's better to just comply in the moment and battle it later.
You know what the difference between the UA incident with Dr. Dao and the DL incident with the gentleman who got up to use the bathroom ? The latter customer eventually got up when asked. It was nothing that DL did differently. As a matter of fact DL refunded part of his ticket and left him to find his own way to where he was going. I understand the circumstances were different but make no mistake that if that gentleman hadn't gotten up it would have likely ended in the same way.
And no, it's not better 'to just comply'. You really know nothing about what a lot of people in your country put up with do you?
As a minority in the United States I think I'm well aware and quite qualified on just what "a lot of people in my country put up with", based on personal experience. For many, the majority of whom are minority, noncompliance can land you in the morgue quite quickly. Until such a time were people in the United States take a real stand against police overreach, brutality as well as the twisted justice system, you can bet your bottom dollar I'd get off the plane, out of the car, etc.
I used to have the same mentality you speak of. Stand up in the now, push back against the overreaching authorities. Then I saw week after week another civilian gunned down in the streets, choked to death and the list goes on and on.
In a country where noncompliance ends far too often with a citizen in a body bag, a cop on paid leave and a prosecutor and jury unwilling to indict and get justice my stance will remain as such. Many people in this country were equally as quick to defend the police on the UA flight as there were people in outrage. It's better to be alive and inconvenienced than be right and dead. That does me no good. What does me good, and a host of other people who have found themselves in the crosshairs of the police is to record everything. Record, make it public and get people talking about the subject. Dr. Dao could have made a positive impact without getting the crap beat out of him.
I am not saying any of it is right, it is however the reality we Americans live in.
Anything else you need me to clarify surrounding the police in modern America?
As we are getting off topic feel free to send me a private message if you'd like to discuss further.