Jim Russell, the Republican Party’s 2008 nominee for Congress in New York’s 18th District — who was, until yesterday, on the party’s congressional ballot again — opposes racially integrated schooling because he believes it will lead to cross-racial sex and thus to “miscegenation.”

In a 2001 essay Russell suggested that school integration proponents “deliberately exploit a biological theory of sexual imprinting at the critical period of sexual maturity,” reinforcing the work of “media moguls who deliberately popularize miscegenation in films directed toward adolescents and pre-adolescents.” Movies with cross-racial romances are, he says, a deliberate plot to undermine “appropriate ethnic boundaries” in the sexual preferences of “white pre-adolescent girls and adolescent young women.”


Russell, who lost in a landslide in 2008, has been dumped by the Republicans, but remains the Conservative Party candidate for the seat. The district he seeks to represent borders New York City, and more than thirty percent of its residents are people of color.

Update | The article quoted above was published in a white supremacist magazine, and appears to have flown under the radar until this week. But Russell has hardly made his creepy racial/sexual obsessions a secret in his own community. In a 1996 letter to his local daily newspaper, he declared that a “fundamental function” of racial difference in humans was to “protect each race” from cross-mating “as it evolves into a full-fledged species of its own,” and that racial integration was an effort to “deliberately disrupt this natural process” that could easily have “disastrous consequences.”

It should be noted as well that Tom Bock, a Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly, is vouching for Russell, saying he respects the former nominee “for what he stands for and what he does.”

Election Night Update | The Republican Party was ultimately unable to remove Russell from the ballot, and he remained their candidate for the seat. At this writing, incumbent Nita Lowey is beating Russell by a 63-37 margin with 37% of precincts reporting, and is projected to win re-election. Tom Bock, the Assembly candidate who defended Russell, is trailing his opponent as well.