Rep. Alvin Holmes (D) of Alabama has found himself in some hot water after making inflammatory comments regarding white parents adopting black children.
Holmes was in the middle of a debate over an abortion bill and insisted to anti-abortion lawmakers that 99% of legislators would force their daughters to abort the baby if she was impregnated by a black man. He went on to say:
“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.”
Naturally, this angered white parents in Alabama who have adopted black children. They staged a protest at the capital demanding the Holmes apologize and honor his bet.
Beverly and Jeromy Owings of Wetumpka, AL started the Faces of Families in Alabama Facebook page to gather support as a result of Holmes’ comments. They are the parents of a 13-year old adopted biracial daughter who was very upset by Holmes’ comments.
Beverly told ABC News, “I would like for him to ‘man up.’ He’s made the statement. He needs to put his money where is mouth is.”
Her husband continued, “After we work on it [breaking down the racial barrier] and work on it to have an elected official that can come in and make those comments and tear down everything that we’ve worked hard for. It puts a question in their minds of ‘Do I belong?’ ‘Where do I belong?”