Seemingly random killings across country show alarming pattern
by Don McKee
August 26, 2013 12:16 AM | 1821 views | 5 5 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What’s behind the seemingly random killings of whites by gangs or groups of black teenagers in widely separated places across the country?

There’s the savage beating death of World War II veteran Delbert Belton, 88, in Spokane, Wash. Police said two black male teens assaulted Belton in a parking lot outside a pool hall in what was labeled a random attack as he waited for a friend. Belton had survived the Battle of Okinawa, where he was wounded in the leg and kept fighting, but the veteran, described by a friend as “a wonderful angel,” who was always there when needed, could not survive a vicious beating that came out of nowhere in his hometown.

Similarly, 22-year-old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, a student at East Central University in Oklahoma, was jogging when he was gunned down by two black teens and one white teen who were driving past him, said police in what they called a random shooting. Police said the three youths, ages 15, 16 and 17, were “bored” and “wanted to see someone die.” After they were arrested and charged in the case, the DA’s office said “evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive” in the killing although tweets from one of the suspects expressed hate for white people.

Here in Cobb, four black teenagers have been charged in the beating death of Joshua Heath Chellew, 36, of Mableton in early July. The charges include murder and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act. The warrant says the four started a fight with Chellew at a Mableton Parkway gas station, then repeatedly punched and kicked him. Trying to escape, Chellew backed into the highway, was pushed down and knocked unconscious, the warrant says, and the attackers walked away, “leaving him helpless,” and he was later struck by a car and died.

And in a Cobb courtroom, the trial of the suspected Brunswick baby killer is underway, moved here in a change of venue. In this case, 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot to death sitting in his stroller as his mother returned with him from the post office in Brunswick last March. An 18-year-old black youth, De’Marquise Elkins, is on trial, charged with shooting the baby point-blank during an attempt to rob his mother.

There’s a very alarming pattern in these cases, starting with the total disregard for human life, and the racial element cannot be ignored. What’s behind these killings seemingly ranges from “boredom” to possible gang-related motivations to robbery.

Regardless, this is a time that cries out for moral leadership from those who claim the role of leaders — from parents or guardians and relatives to the community, the church, social service agencies and the White House. Surely, the president could take time to take notice of what’s happening, condemn such killings and call on leaders to lead, starting with his attorney general as well as parents, the community, the church and social service agencies.

Repeat: This is a time for leaders to lead.

dmckee9613@aol.com
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Another trend
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August 27, 2013
Don, I don't remember you writing a column about the alarming trend of white men in this country causing mass murders like the ones in Aurora or Newtown. In fact your columns have a trend that is at times disturbing and border on what I believe we hoped we got rid of 50 years ago or more. As Martin Luther King said we should judge people by their character and not the color of their skin. There is a lesson to be learned here. It includes not calling a christian a Muslim so you can feel superior or for any other reason. It is not praising a man who shot a black teenager when the facts are not clear but it is clear that the shooter racially profiled the black teenager. And it is not supporting politicians that plan to limit minority voting. To me that's a disturbing trend that should not be ignored.
on balance
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August 28, 2013
So, Another Trend- tell me if I am getting the wrong message from your post.It seems you are trying to, less than subtlely say that Don is a racist. You suggest that he only writes about criminal acts by black men.

You completely ignore the fact that in recent times there has definitely been a number of black on white crimes as well as black on black crimes.

The knock out, game, the 10 deaths in Chicago over the weekend and on and on.

You further the racial divide and you insult a man, who I do not know personally, but believe to be an honest journalist. Since there are so few of them these days, I feel obliged to speak up for Don.
Another trend
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August 28, 2013
Of course I would not imply Don is racist. That said I only presented facts, read into them what you may.
anonymous
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August 26, 2013
Fourteen jurors have been selected to hear the case of a 76-year-old white Milwaukee man charged with first-degree homicide in the killing of an unarmed 13-year-old black boy last year. The man, John Henry Spooner, is accused of killing a neighbor, Darius Simmons, on a sidewalk near their homes.
Papermill gal
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August 26, 2013
You miss the point Don. Obama and his supporters WANT the country to devolve into a race war. They WANT people to be dissatisfied, angry. These are the very principles of Alinsky -- make the people angry and then "organize" them. It's also a tenet of the Cloward-Piven theory of "organizing." If there is anyone among us who cares about this country who has NOT read or researched the tenets of socialism set forth by Alinsky, Obama's hero, you really should. Then it will all begin to make sense. It's not about your freedom Don, it's about the fact that progressive, socialist libs know more than you and they are going to organize your life!
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