Timothy Egan of The New York Times LAMENTS the ugly outpouring of racial hatred in the wake of the beating death last week of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton in a Spokane, Wash., parking lot:
Shorty Belton was white. The two teenagers arrested in his murder are black. When the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News the troglodyte trio saw this story, it went from an all-too-common tale of urban violence to a politicized narrative and magnet for racists.
The Spokane newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, had to shut down the comments section on its Web ...