Zombies of a social revolution
Last week, Christopher Lane, 22, an Australian here on a baseball scholarship, was shot and killed while jogging in Duncan, Okla. Police have three suspects, two black and one white. The latter allegedly said they were bored and decided to shoot Lane for “the fun of it.”
As Lane was white and the alleged shooter black, racism has surfaced as a motive.
What happened in Oklahoma and the reaction, or lack of reaction, to it tells us much about America in 2013, not much of it good.
Teenagers who shoot and kill a man out of summertime boredom are moral barbarians, dead souls.
But who created these monsters? Surely one explanation lies in the fact that the old conscience-forming and character-forming institutions — home, church, school and a moral and healthy culture fortifying basic truths — have collapsed. And the community hardest hit is black America.
If we go back to the end of World War II, 90 percent of black families consisted of a mother and father and children raised and disciplined by their parents. Today, 73 percent of black kids are born to single moms. In some cities, the black-dropout rate can hit as high as 50 percent.
Among black males ages 18 to 29 in urban areas, often a third are in prison or jail, or on probation or parole, or walking around with a criminal record.
Where do the kids get their ideas of right and wrong? In homes where the father is absent and the TV is always on. From radios tuned in to rap and hip-hop. From films where Hollywood values prevail and the shooting never stops. From street gangs that sometimes form the only families these kids have ever known.
Still, crime has fallen since 1990, we are told. But that is only because the baby boomers, the largest population cohort in our history, passed out of the high-crime age group a quarter of a century ago and because the jail and prison population in America has tripled.
What kind of leadership do we see today in black America?
When Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., Jesse Jackson rushed there to declare: “Blacks are under attack. ... Killing us is big business.” Trayvon was “shot down in cold blood by a vigilante ... murdered and martyred.”
After Chris Lane's cold-blooded murder, Jackson tweeted: This sort of thing is to be “frowned upon.”
Since Lyndon Johnson took office 50 years ago, we have spent trillions on his programs for health care, housing, education, food stamps, welfare and civil rights. Are we living in that Great Society we were promised?
In that same decade, we were told that the social, cultural and moral revolution bursting forth on college campuses would rid us of the repressive old-time morality and lead to a more equal, humane and better America.
Yet, are not the alleged killers of Chris Lane, who reportedly shot him for the fun of it, the “do-your-own-thing!” children of that cultural revolution?
In the real America, interracial violence is overwhelmingly black-on-white. Even if the media will not report it, everybody knows it.
For liberals, America is always “Mississippi Burning.” It just has to be that way.
Pat Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
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