Vigilante justice simmers in wake of WWII vet beating

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According to a story from the New York Daily News, Kenan Adams-Kindard and Demetrius Glenn, both 16, accused of murdering Delbert Belton in Spokane, WA are now in protective custody because of a bounty placed on their heads. The hunters have become the hunted.

In case you don’t recall, Mr Belton was the 88-year-old US Army World War II veteran who survived Okinawa, only to be – allegedly — beaten to death outside his car in the parking lot of a city ice rink in August.

Of course, there was no march by Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, no vocal condemnation by the National Urban League or the NAACP in this case. However, we can all but bet our paychecks that the report of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist group, placing a $10,000 bounty on the heads of accused teens Adams-Kinard and Glenn who are black will get attention.

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Consider the rise of this new game called “knockout” which seems to be wholeheartedly racially motivated, as we discussed earlier this week, and you have a recipe for disaster.

We were supposed to be living in a new post-racial era because of the election of the first African-American president, but tension seems to be exacerbated.

This is the unfortunate result of the hypocrisy that has occurred over the past few years in crime cases involving blacks and whites. We cannot continue to have a double standard where there is outcry in some cases – generally politically motivated — yet silence in others.

Let’s flip the coin here and suppose Mr. Belton was a black World War II veteran who was beaten to death by two white teens. Does anyone reading this commentary not believe the media would be fully engaged in that case?

Anyone not believe there would be incessant marches and the President and Attorney General Eric Holder would levy their full weight?

I sincerely condemn the actions of the Aryan Brotherhood if indeed reports are correct, and there has been a bounty placed upon the heads of these two despicable young boys.

However, none of us can deny there is a seething sentiment in America that has been fomented because of a biased liberal progressive media and race-baiting politicians and charlatans.

The media ensured the entire nation was enthralled by the Treyvon Martin case, yet in 3 short months, an American hero, a treasure, Delbert Belton has been all but forgotten.

Yes, that angers me, as well as it should all of you, but vigilante justice is not the answer. Neither is this misguided progressive socialist version of social justice. I challenge the media: don’t forget Delbert Belton, keep his memory alive.

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