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.
JIM RUSSELL Hawthorne
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.”