Urana McCauley, Rosa Parks’ niece, does not see any comparison between her aunt and combatant United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao.
Rosa Parks is a civil rights legend who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Her act of peaceful defiance helped spark the black civil rights movement.
“Is Dr. Dao the modern-day Rosa Parks? I would say: no,” McCauley told TMZ.
“Unfortunately, what happened to Dr. Dao is definitely wrong. I mean, it was definitely a mistreatment of him. But as someone who is her niece and grew up with Rosa Parks, and knowing her on a personal level, knowing all that she endured and what black people in this country had endured at that time, I feel that you cannot compare the two.”
McCauley continued, “What Dr. Dao is going to do is probably change the policy of United Airlines, but actually, what my aunt did was change history.”
She noted that, unlike Dr. Dao, Parks was arrested for peacefully refusing to give up her seat.
Dao was one of four United Airlines passengers who were bumped from an overcrowded flight last week.
But rather than leave the plane as ordered to, Dr. Dao was combative, belligerent, and he dared airport police to drag him off the plane — which they did.
Dao, who hasn’t practiced medicine since 2004, lied to airport police about having patients to see the next morning.
Dao, through his attorney, announced plans to file a lawsuit against United Airlines on Thursday.
40,000 airline passengers were routinely “bumped” by airlines in 2016.