USA Today reports that On Wednesday, more than 100 people rallied on the steps of the Alabama State House with photos of families with children of different races, after comments by a pro-choice representative that whites will not adopt black babies.
Many people brought living proof in their own families.
Pro-choice Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, accused his Pro-life Republican WHITE colleagues of possibly supporting abortion if their daughters were impregnated by black men.
“Here we are,” said Beverly Owings of Wetumpka, Ala., a white woman who has adopted five children including a biracial daughter. “We do not adopt our children based on race. Our families are built on love and commitment, not race and discrimination.”
The rally was an outgrowth of a Facebook page called Faces of Families in Alabama, created April 2, that had more than 7,000 “likes” by midday Thursday.
One of their FB posts include this, “We adopted our daughter nine years ago from foster care. She is African American and she has struggled at times with identity issues. Last night, she read many of the posts on Facebook and looked at picture after picture of other families who look like ours. She wrote Mr. Holmes a letter. Then she woke up this morning, gave me a big hug and said “I am proud you are my mom!” What Holmes meant for evil is surely being used for good. Thank you for your efforts”
On March 4, 2014, Rep. Alvin Holmes said, “Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion. On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.”
He then asked one of the pro-life Reps if they would force their daughter to abort if she were impregnated by a black man, “you gone let her have the baby?”. When she replied, “Yes sir”, he said, “Then after the baby’s born what you do with it?”
She replied, “Let it run around in my living room and enjoy it as my grandchild.”
Rep. Holmes response was disgusting, “With them other little blonde kids runnin’ around in there?”
Holmes is the same man who said he opposed Clarence Thomas because he was married to a White woman, calling him an “Uncle Tom.” But…I digress….
The elected official, who has served in the state house since 1974, offered to pay $100,000 cash to anyone who could show him a “bunch of whites” who have adopted black children in Alabama.
“I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama,” he said then. “I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it cash in $20 bills and bring it to you in a little briefcase.”
Holmes said Wednesday that he stands by his original remarks.
“My position is that the majority of white people in the state of Alabama are against adopting black children,” Holmes said, adding that he never said that no white people supported adopting black children.
Perhaps Rep. Holmes needs to take a good hard look at the groups who actually agree with him- such as those advocating abortion. After all, killing black babies is high on the list of those who promote and/or perform abortions as I detail here.
“We will never move forward away from racism as long as we have leaders holding on to the past and turning everything into a race issue,” Beverly Owings said. “There are many transracial families, including adoptive families, living in Alabama.
“As a parent, you do everything you can to build your child’s self-esteem, and it is very offensive when someone purposely degrades a certain population of children. Children are not born racist. They learn racism from their environment.”
Owings and her husband have adopted four children, including a 13-year old daughter who is biracial. She and others told Al.com that Holmes’ comments were racist and hurtful.
“I just can’t believe somebody in 2014 could say the things that Representative Holmes has said,” says Thomas Casson. “It’s just sad.”
Casson has six adopted children, with four of them being bi-racial or black. He says he and many others would like an apology.
“Hopefully we can get an apology from Representative Holmes, just saying that has was wrong.”
But Holmes says not a chance.
“The majority of white people in my opinion in the state of Alabama do not want their daughters having black babies,” he says. “They know it’s true. I know it’s true. And they’re not going to say, yes Alvin Holmes is right.”
Perhaps if Rep. Holmes is that concerned about black babies, he could explain why every time pro-lifers attempt to make race based abortions illegal- it is his Democrat or Pro-choice political allies that oppose it?