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Culture Rot and the Oklahoma Murder

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In past notorious killings in the last few years, there has been a rush to find cultural influences that may have contributed to seemingly inexplicable acts.  Past killings have quickly and erroneously been attributed to influences such as talk radio, the Tea Party, and a Sarah Palin illustration.  The real reason, in Tucson and Aurora, was simply schizophrenia.

In the murder of Australian exchange student Christopher Lane in Oklahoma, in contrast, there is solid reason to believe that gang culture is a strong influence contributing to this senseless killing.  Carmel Melouney has this article for the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia.  James Johnson believes that his son was the intended next target:

"They threatened to kill my son because they are in a gang, the Crips, and were trying to get my son in it and I wouldn't let him do it.

"I told him he couldn't run with those boys. He's a little terrified."

Mr Johnson said the Crips, a predominantly African American street gang that began in Los Angeles in 1969 and had been in Duncan for the past few years.

The Herald Sun also has this article on the social media posts of the alleged killers.

Culture rot, the worst aspect of which is the glorification of gangs and crime, is a major contributing factor in too many young people's disastrous choices to take the wrong path and end up in prison or dead.  It does not get nearly enough attention.

Update, 9/22:  The WSJ has this editorial, making a similar point.

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Cultural rot is an inevitable by-product of the entitlement state and the concurrent demise of the "shame culture". There is seemingly an advocacy group to explain/excuse nearly every human depredation (except perhaps use of the n-word by whites). The strong moral order that made this country great is gone with serious implications for our future.

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