Another Teen Nabbed in WWII Vet's Slaying
Outrage over Delbert Belton's death explodes on social media
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
In this Aug. 22, 2013, photo, Lill Duncan takes a photo of a memorial for Delbert Belton.   (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

(Newser) – Another teen has been arrested following the beating death of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, in Spokane, Wash. Both Kenan Adams-Kinard and a suspect arrested earlier are 16; Adams-Kinard's name was released despite his age because, according to officials, "he represents ... an actual danger to the community." CNN is calling the attack a "botched robbery," and authorities say race had nothing to do with it.

But the Los Angeles Times reports that the beating has prompted a wave of anger via social media, with many users seeing race playing a role. Actor James Woods, for instance, posted an article by Janna Brock on the mainstream media ignoring the "terror of black-on-white crime" apparently illustrated by Belton's death. Others linked the attack to Trayvon Martin and President Obama. "Did you hear Obama condemn the murder of #DelbertBelton? of course not, he didn't say anything about it b/c victim was an old white man," noted one user. The Times has more.

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BenDunn
Aug 28, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
authorities say race had nothing to do with it. Yea Right!!!
Smashmouth
Aug 28, 2013 2:24 AM CDT
Trayvon Martin was a racial profiling issue - there was "no initial" crime to prompt Zimmerman to get out of the safety of his car. Unfortunately, this was a case of an "actual" crime - Robbery. And it was during the attempted robbery the veteran was killed. Comparing the Trayvon Martin case to this case is not the same, it is apples and oranges. It is more likely the two teenagers chose this robbery based on the age of the victim, rather than race. People need to get a grip on their own racial biases.
DarkFrancis
Aug 27, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
Having been online for 16-17 years, on Newser for over four and in America (specifically Texas) for nearly ten months, I've been slowly learning about race relations in this country. It was a favorite topic of mine when I was studying...all those years ago. My learning has accelerated since being here and here's what I've learned: I know less than when I started and judging by their online activity, America seems to like perpetuating the racial divide...and the idea of a racial divide. I don't often comment on these kinds of stories within the context of race, because I have nothing to add. When I comment at all, usually pointing had how sad or sick the event is, it's quite common to find that mine is one of the few comments that does not include melanin as a factor.