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Archive for September, 2010

Update: GOP drops support for Russell’s campaign


Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety has not responded to a call regarding Jim Russell’s candidacy against Rep. Nita Lowey, and Russell’s essay, unearthed by Politico, against interracial marriage and integration.

State Republican Party spokesman Alex Carey said: “We certainly don’t support Jim’s viewpoints espoused in that article, and condemn all of his racist and ethnocentric viewpoints espoused in there. In terms of actions taken, that’s a local issue, and chairman Colety and the county GOP have decisions to make with regard to whether to continue endorsing Mr. Russell.”


Westchester County Republicans are withdrawing support for Russell.
“We’re going to pull the plug on him immediately,” said Westchester GOP Chairman Doug Colety, who is also a county Board of Elections commissioner. He said he wanted to remove Russell from the ballot altogether but was unsure if that is possible.
Russell, who lives in Hawthorne, had been endorsed by the GOP for the second time in a row to run against Lowey in the 18th District.
“We were unaware of any of this,” Colety said, referring to the essay.

Posted by Leah Rae on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

Jim Russell on housing desegregation


Jim Russell has written against racial integration before in letters to the editor, though without the same detailed discussion of a “biological basis” as in the Occidental Quarterly. Here is a 1996 letter that ran in The Journal News (then known as Gannett Suburban Newspapers), responding to an article about the Yonkers desegregation case:

The original argument for school integration was that it would advance the academic achievements of minorities. Instead, an Oct. 1 article on the Yonkers desegregation fiasco concedes that after years of forced integration “ minority students fared worse against national norms in 1995 than in 1988. ” Why, then, do some persist in their advocacy of integration? Don’t they realize that, if given a choice, most parents of all races would rather have integration funds spent on improving the quality of their neighborhood schools? Yet, this paper’s Oct. 3 editorial urges an integrationist crusade “ throughout Westchester and Putnam. ”

Given these discrepancies, a complete re-evaluation of racial integration is needed. First of all, we must acknowledge that neither court orders nor millions of taxpayers’ dollars can alter what nature has pre-ordained -namely, that it is normal and healthy for people to prefer the company of their own kind in their neighborhoods and schools. Indeed, a fundamental function of racial characteristics is to provide a source of group cohesion which protects each race as it evolves into a full-fledged species of its own. This is how true diversity is maintained and advanced. To deliberately disrupt this natural process may have disastrous consequences.

Instead of opposing normal, natural human inclinations, we should work to see that the laws of our nation are brought into harmony with the laws of nature in a manner that is as fair as possible to all.


This past June he wrote to The Journal News to criticize the fair housing settlement in Westchester. He attacked “the irrational assertion that so-called ‘de facto segregation,’ which is often the result of natural housing patterns, constitutes proof of discrimination.”

Posted by Leah Rae on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

Jim Russell to speak tomorrow on job loss, campaign says


Congressional candidate Jim Russell hasn’t responded to calls this morning about his essay purporting to make “sociobiological” arguments against racial integration. His campaign manager, Frank Morgenthaler, said Russell will make a public appearance tomorrow to talk about job loss, health care and failed border security.

“These are the issues that are out there,” he said. “The campaign is about the problems our country faces today.”

Morgenthaler declined to comment about Russell’s essay, and criticized the press for ignoring Russell’s campaign. He said the media was avoiding the above-mentioned issues in favor of “mud-slinging.” Russell is a Republican running against Rep. Nita Lowey in the 18th District.

“We’re in a situation now where our country is on the brink of death almost,” Morgenthaler said. “That’s a heck of a lot more important than any articles or any spin that the incumbents want to put on it. Obviously the incumbent cannot defend her poor record. The people of this county are suffering, the people of this district are suffering because of her poor performance in office.”

A campaign press release says Russell will appear at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Labor Department office in White Plains.

Posted by Leah Rae on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 12:41 pm |


Jim Russell, Nita Lowey’s GOP challenger, wrote anti-integration essay


Politico reported Monday on an essay by Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger, Jim Russell, warning against interracial marriage and racial integration, among other things. The back issue from Occidental Quarterly is linked to the post.

Russell, who lives in Hawthorne, has been a leading activist in Westchester against immigration reform proposals and in favor of enforcement. He has identified himself as being with Westchester-Rockland Citizens for Immigration Control, and made immigration the central issue in his long-shot campaign against Democrat Lowey.

The 18-page piece gives “biological” arguments against integration and embraces eugenics. Among the comments:

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. … For culture in human societies to accomplish that which instinct accomplishes in non-human societies, it must establish a sense of group identity so that the individual knows whom to act altruistically toward and whom to mate with.

It has been demonstrated that finches raised by foster parents of a different species of finch will later exhibit a lifelong sexual attraction toward the alien species. One wonders how a child’s sexual imprinting mechanism is affected by forcible racial integration and near continual exposure to media stimuli promoting interracial contact.

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.

Posted by Leah Rae on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 10:58 am |

Mexican Independence Day and bicentennial to be celebrated in Yonkers


Mexicans are celebrating the bicentennial of independence from Spain this week. The mood leading up to “El Grito” is mixed, in part because of security fears in the context of a violent crime wave.

Here, Mexican-Americans are preparing to celebrate, though the tone seems likewise subdued. Independence Day is Thursday. There’s a cultural festival Saturday at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. I caught up with a group of children in Yonkers who were rehearsing traditional dances. Here is 8-year-old Angie Millan, whose grandmother was born in Morelos.

Belen Fernandez said she’s thrilled to see her American-born granddaughter learning the same dances she learned as a child. The group’s repertoire includes the “dance of the old people” – hence the canes.

The event is being organized by a new nonprofit called Telpochcalli and ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program. Zafiro Acevedo, below, is hosting the event and her mother, “Pinata Lady” Aurelia Fernandez, is leading the workshops. For details, see this ArtsWestchester page.

Posted by Leah Rae on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

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