Adoptive Families Rally at State House, Alvin Holmes Responds

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By Ashley Thompson

State Representative Alvin Holmes comes under fire for comments about interracial adoption.

Holmes recently said white people don't adopt black children and now some Alabama families are trying to prove him wrong.

Alvin Holmes is sticking by some controversial comments he made during the legislative session.

"The majority of white people in the state of Alabama are against adopting black children and the majority of white people in the state of Alabama are against their daughters having babies by black men and I stand by that comment," he says.

Those comments have many families outraged. Adoptive families and friends gathered at the State House Wednesday to protest what Holmes said.

"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."

Not many are saying Holmes is right, at least not publicly. Sam McClure founded the Adoption Law Firm in Montgomery and says he believes Holmes is out of touch.

"At any given time, there's maybe around 300 children who are waiting to be adopted. We all the time interact with issues, race is not an issue about a child needing a home. It's a child needs a home and we're willing to take them in."

But Holmes says that's not the norm.

"I know it's embarrassing to them," he says. "When they go out and say, well it doesn't matter to me and then most of them catch they daughter having a black baby, they'd have a conniption fit."

Holmes says he stands by his comments because he says when he introduced a bill that would repeal a section in the Alabama constitution that banned interracial marriage, he says the majority of white people in the state voted against it.

The rally was organized by members of a facebook group called Faces of Families in Alabama. The group was formed in light of Holmes comments, to share pictures of interracial adoptive families.

 

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