Adoptive Parents Protest Rep. Alvin Holmes’ Race-Based Remarks
Adoptive parents in Alabama are taking a stand against controversial comments state Rep. Alvin Holmes made during an abortion-bill debate in March.
During the debate, Holmes argued that his Republican colleagues would force their daughters to have abortions if they became impregnated by a black man.
“Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion,” he said. “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.”
Holmes also said, “I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama. I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it cash in 20 dollar bills and bring it to you in a little briefcase.”
Offended by the comments, A Facebook page called Faces of Families of Alabama was created by Beverly Owings in response to Holmes’ comments.
“Families are not adopting children because of their color,” Owings said. “They’re adopting children based on their love and commitment to those children.”
Owings and her husband have adopted four children, including a 13-year-old daughter who is biracial and was upset by the comments.
“When I have my daughter look at me and say, ‘We are a family. What about us?’ I have no other option but to take a stand,” Owings said.
Since the Facebook page was launched on April 7, it has been liked more than 7,000 times and numerous families who have adopted outside of their race have shared photos of their families (Click here for link to their facebook page).
“Me and my son — he may be adopted on paper, but he is all mine in my heart,” one user commented with a photo.
Supporters also attended press conference to challenge the statements at the Alabama State House Wednesday (April 10).
“Rep. Holmes’ statements were very offensive. He implied transracial adoptions do not happen in Alabama, which is far from the truth,” notes a press release for the event. “It’s important to publicly counteract his statements with the truth. If not, it could cause children of transracial families to feel inferior, and cause some families considering transracial adoptions to change their minds.”
Listen to the audio that sparked the controversy below.