Star Parker

The most recent murder in D.C. produced shock waves because of the location of the crime and the gratuitous violence involved. Three black youths, two in their 20s and one 15-year-old, allegedly attacked a young couple standing outside a mansion in the affluent Georgetown area at 2 a.m. last Sunday. The couple had just returned from a movie.

As one of the youths attempted to rape the woman, according to authorities, another slit the throat of her date, a young man visiting from Great Britain who was in Washington for an internship.

A police commander called the crime " ... one of the most brutal acts I've seen in my 19 years of police work."

The police have apprehended the suspects, and records indicate the suspected murderer told his accomplices before the assault that he was going to "cut" somebody.

Homicide is the No. 1 killer of black men. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks are six times more likely to be the victim of homicide than whites and blacks are seven times more likely to commit homicide than whites.

It should be clear that the problem is that America's black community is now suspended in a moral vacuum. Life is cheap and meaningless, and murder, sex, abortion and robbery are viewed with the same gravity as ordering a Big Mac and fries. There is no accountability, only blame. And this mindset continues to be nourished in both the street language of Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and now the fancy Harvard prose of Sen. Barack Obama.

In a recent speech of several thousand words about politics and religion, the Illinois Democrat never once mentioned personal responsibility, but did manage to talk about the importance of diversity programs and condom distribution.

There is only one hope for pulling black America out of oblivion: Re-instilling a sense of absolutes, of right and wrong, and doing this from the grass roots up, one person at a time. Anyone who thinks there is an alternative is kidding himself.

Blacks can continue to listen to the Sharptons, Obamas and the black intellectuals who have a thousand different ways to say "it's not my fault." The price will be a black community lost forever.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.