November 27, 2021

Black Samaritan shooter who saved white police officer and new identity-partisanship

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By correspondent Dallas Darling From WN

There’s a lot more to the story of the black motorist who stopped his car on a busy highway in Florida to help a police officer being beaten to death. But then again, in a highly charged era of racially motivated narratives and self-victimization, don’t expect the mainstream media to report the “other side.”

What’s more, don’t wait for the black political establishment and over-class to call attention to this incident and recent poll, since they would stand to not only lose “racial” funds but have to finally confront their lavish lifestyles.

Ashad Russell, a concealed carrier, stopped his car to assist Edward Srother, a Lee County deputy who was clearly being bludgeoned.

Russell, who’s black, walked up to the cop-killer, Edward Strother, and shouted “Stop!” When the assailant continued to beat the white police officer, the Good Samaritan fired three shots killing him without putting anyone else in danger.

But what makes this an explosive story is that not only did a black individual come to the aid of a white officer, but Strother was also black.1

Americans Not Necessarily Bound to Racism

The incident, which occurred in February, actually occurred during a new explosive nationwide poll that was censored.

Indeed, imagine you were on a committee tasked with choosing someone to hire (or admit to your university, or receive a prize in your field) and it came down to two candidates who were equally qualified on objective measures. Would you choose the one who shared your race, the one who shared your gender, the one who shared your religion or the one who shared your political party of ideology?

Surprisingly, the answer for most Americans was the last one, or “the one who shared you’re your political party of ideology.”

In other words, the identity-politics of race, gender and religion has obviously taken a backseat to political preferences. What’s more, all races who participated in the various ways to reveal their cross-partisan and cross-racial prejudices found in each case, cross-partisan prejudice was by far more extensive than what had been previously thought.

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As for Russell, who lives in Lehigh Acres in Lee County, Fla., it too was hit hard by the 2000 real-estate boom-turn-bust in 2008 and subsequent Wall Street bailout by President Barack Obama. Its also a hotbed of Republicans and conservatism. For instance, the poverty rate is lower than the national average, and marriage rate and family size far higher. What‘s more, 52,000 voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump compared to only 28,000 for Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Rumor has it the hero-passerby who saved the white police officer is consequently a Republican and possibly voted for Donald Trump. This would definitely make sense, since Florida has the “Stand-Your-Ground Law, whereby defendants can “draw a line in the sand” and use force in order to protect and defend themselves or others against threats or perceived threats.

Trump was moreover known for his campaign promises to protect police officers and bring to justice “black on blue” perpetrators. In other words, was it identity-partisanship that drove Russell to save the white police officer from his black assailant?

We Shall Overcome – Except for Political Biases

Shanto Iyengar and Sean Westwood, Princeton University scientists who conducted the polling data, moreover claimed in “Fear and Loathing across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization,” participants read pairs of fabricated resumes of graduating high school seniors to receive a scholarship. Again, race made no difference. Black and white participants instead preferred to award the scholarship to the student with party affiliation. In fact, this occurred 80 percent of the time and despite the applicants GPA.

The study was made even more reliable when race and ideology were manipulated systematically. Once again, Race made no difference. Political partisanship, however, mattered a great deal. In other words, people were more trusting and generous when they thought they were playing with a co-partisan than an opposing partisan.

What’s more, the game revealed Americans were increasingly seeing the other “political” side not just as wrong but a threat to the very existence to their ideology and perceived nation.2

Growing Up In a New Society of Politicism

These findings mirror the political earthquake that has shaken America the last several years. Identity-partisanship is certainly more important than identifying with one’s race, gender or religion.

In multi-party systems, where a state of gridlock and leaders refuse to compromise with their political opponents, voters are furthermore socialized to do the same, or at least taught to imitate their elected representatives. More than his religion or race, Russell identified with the white police officer and conservative values.

But just as knowing and seeing are two different things, so are the realities between the media and most Americans. With today’s policies of preferential treatment on the basis of race, and amount of funds and support black politicians and entertainers gain from a self-victimized narrative, don’t expect them to mention the poll or Russell’s heroic act.

Ghettoism pays-and plays-well for those who live lavish lifestyles without addressing the problems of the truly disadvantaged and political and economic inequalities.

“The Right Thing To Do” or “New Identity-Partisanship”

Tribal politics has also led many to de-friend or befriend on the basis of political ideology, or move near those who share similar political beliefs. This was evident in the last election, as southern and rural states and suburbs voted for Trump and Republicans versus states like California and New York which supported Clinton and Democrats.

With the black Samaritan shooter who saved the life of a white police officer, there was indeed more than meets the eye. It’s called cross-partisan prejudice.

Dallas Darling ([email protected])

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