GOP Abandons Congressional Nominee Over Anti-Integration Essay

Published September 23, 2010

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A Republican candidate for Congress in New York is facing a fierce backlash from his party after an essay surfaced in which he criticized interracial marriage and socialization. 

Party officials have rescinded their endorsement of Jim Russell, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in New York's District 18, and they are now trying to strip his name from the ballot. 

The controversy exploded earlier this week after Politico.com unearthed an essay Russell wrote from the 2001-02 edition of the Occidental Quarterly. 

In it, he assumed an academic tone to rail against interracial relationships of any kind, criticizing "miscegenationist" movies like "Save the Last Dance" for what he described as an attempt to "exploit the critical period of sexual imprinting" in impressionable young women. He argued for keeping races at a distance from one another. 

"While liberals and universalists constantly yammer about 'bringing us all together,' and how 'diversity is our strength,' it may be suggested that the biological function of human language and culture is just the opposite, that is, to keep discrete groups apart," he wrote. 

Russell questioned "how a child's sexual imprinting mechanism is affected by forcible racial integration and near continual exposure to media stimuli promoting interracial contact." 

"The most serious implication of human sexual imprinting for our genetic future is that it would establish the destructiveness of school integration, especially in the middle and high-school years," he wrote. "It also compounds the culpability of media moguls who deliberately popularize miscegenation in films directed toward adolescents and pre-adolescents. 

"In the midst of this onslaught against our youth, parents need to be reminded that they have a natural obligation, as essential as providing food and shelter, to instill in their children an acceptance of appropriate ethnic boundaries for socialization and for marriage," he wrote. 

At one point, Russell warned about an effort to "re-Judaize Christianity."

The link to the entire essay at Occidental Quarterly was disabled after Politico.com posted several lengthy excerpts from it. The essay also appeared on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's website, but that too has been disabled. 

The Journal News, which covers Lowey's district in New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, has posted the essay in its entirety. 

New York GOP spokesman Alex Carey told FoxNews.com that the party will have nothing to do with Russell. 

"We strongly condemn Mr. Russell's words and no longer endorse him for the election," he said. 

Carey said the Westchester County Republican Party chairman is trying to remove Russell's name from the ballot, which he gave a "50-50" chance of working out. Russell reportedly is listed under the Conservative party as well. 

He said "nobody" was aware of Russell's writings before the excerpts from the essay were published. Carey said they run contrary to Republican Party principles. 

"He has some anti-Semitic and ethno-centric viewpoints that are certainly not backed by the party," he said. 

Russell has tried to defend his work and his character, blaming the hubbub on the media and his opponent. 

"I don't think they know what they're talking about," he said in an interview with local news channel RNN this week. He said there's "no real basis" for calling him a bigot. 

"I want to maintain diversity," Russell said, adding: "We want each group to have a sense of its own heritage and its own culture as they're growing up. It's important to understand your own background before you can appreciate other peoples' background, and that is the gist of my essay."

Russell did not reply to requests for comment from FoxNews.com.

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