Head In SandLet’s just deny there’s a race war, so it’ll just go away!

I woke up to the overnight news that an 88-year-old World War II veteran, Delbert Belton, was beaten to death by two “teens” in Spokane, Washington. The news had a picture of the victim, showing he’s white.

Delbert BeltonRIP Delbert Belton

My first thought was: Betcha the two thugs are black.

But the CBS early morning news didn’t give their racial identity nor showed their pics — despite the fact that Spokane police had already described the suspects as “young African American males,” and despite the fact that the local TV station in Spokane, KHQ, had already released surveillance photos of the two BLACK suspects YESTERDAY, Aug. 22, 2013.

Dylan Wohlenhaus reports for KHQ that on August 21, 2013 around 8:15pm, Spokane Police responded to Eagles Lodge, 6410 N Lidgerwood on a call of an assault. When officers responded they located a 88 year-old man, Delbert Belton, in his car with serious injuries to his head. Belton was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit but later died.

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Family and friends of Delbert Belton said he was “full of life” at 88-years-old. He loved working on cars and helping out others. Belton, a former employee at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane Valley, had served overseas in the military in WWII and was wounded in Okinawa.

Spokane police have not said if or what the motive was for the beating, but insist this was a “random attack”. [By that the police mean they’ve already divined the attack wasn’t a racially-motivated “hate crime” — as police had insisted in every case of black-on-white crime I’ve posted on FOTM. As the saying goes, Denial is a river that runs long and deep. ~Eowyn]

Police say Belton was assaulted by two “teens,” who are described by witnesses as “young African American males of average build.” Police say the two suspects are 16-19 in age, black males and both wearing black clothing. One of the “teens” was wearing a black “Do-Rag”.

On Aug. 22, 2013, Spokane Police released surveillance photos of two persons of interest in the homicide of Delbert Belton.

Belton's murderers

Anyone with information about either of the suspects is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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H/t FOTM’s Miss May

~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.

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