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Updated: Racial Separatist Writings Resurface in NY17 GOP Contest
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 04:59 PM
The Republican primary campaign in New York’s redrawn 17th Congressional district in Rockland and Westchester Counties is getting ugly — and personal.
Joe Carvin, the Rye Town Supervisor, is resurfacing Russell's writings advocating racial separation. Carvin is married to an African American woman and the couple have two children.
“Effectively, he’s delegitimizing my children,” Carvin told WNYC on Tuesday. “To have him represent the Republican Party for Congress is reprehensible.”
The separatist writings first surfaced during Russell’s last attempt to beat Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey two years ago. The writings include a 2001 article in The Occidential Quarterly, in which Russell denounced “media moguls who deliberately popularize miscegenation in films,”, branding it “sociobiological warfare” against “our youth.”
The article was first reported on by Politico in 2010, and the Republican party subsequently withdrew its support of Russell’s candidacy. Russell called Republicans “hypersensitive” in an interview with the New York Times. But, noting that he wrote the essay ten years ago, he added, “Some of it’s a little bit more strident than I would put it today.”
Carvin, a hedge fund manager, has the endorsement of local Republican party in Westchester and Rockland County. He also has more money on hand than Lowey’s $981,000, thanks to a $1 million dollars he donated to his campaign.
Carvin downplayed his money advantage on Tuesday. “A million dollars is neither here nor there,” he said, particularly in what’s expected to be a low turnout election.
“Nobody knows who Joe Carvin is and nobody knows who Jim Russell is,” Carvin said. “The risk here is very clearly, he gets his crazies to support him and he’ll win the election.”
Lowey handily beat Russell in the last two elections, by 24 points in 2010 and by 26 percentage points in 2008.
Update: Russell responded via email on Wednesday. "I am no way a 'racial separatist,'" he wrote, and called it "unfortunate that Joe Carvin is resorting to the same smear tactics utilized by Nita Lowey in 2010." Russell acknowledged that his 18-page essay in The Occidential Quarterly includes "one or two sentences [that] speculate on the effects of school integration and films with interracial themes, but," he said, "this is no advocacy of racial separation."
That is not true. Russell ends the paragraph that references school integration and popular media with the conclusion that "parents need to be reminded that they have a natural obligation...to instill in their children an acceptance of appropriate ethnic boundaries for socialization and for marriage." Here's the entire passage:
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.
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. One canonly wonder to what degree the advocates of school integration, such as former NAACP attorney Jack Greenberg, were conscious of this scientific concept. 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.