According to recent statistics by the Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 400,000 kids waiting to be adopted in the United States. And unfortunately out of the kids that are adopted by families about 14 percent of those children are Black. You would think that people would want Black children to find homes with families, regardless of the parent’s race, but there are those who feel that there aren’t people, specifically White people, who want to run out and adopt Black children.
Recently, Democratic Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes made a challenge to residents of the state to show him “a whole bunch of whites” who have adopted black children. This challenge came after a debate in the Alabama House of Representatives on a bill concerning abortion regulations,Holmes said that 99 percent of white lawmakers would force their daughters to have abortions rather than give birth to a child with a black father. Holmes offered to pay $100,000 to someone who could show him a large number of white parents in Alabama have adopted black children.
Rep. Holmes was proven wrong.
Parents who have adopted children of another race and other adoption advocates rallied outside the Alabama State House today to condemn Rep. Alvin Holmes’ remarks last month that white parents rarely adopt black children.
“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.”
But even with the rally, Holmes still insisted that there are those people who are still against transracial adoption, and he cited the recent removal of a law banning interracial marriage.
“The majority of white people in Alabama are against interracial marriage and they are against adoption of black children,” Holmes said.
According to Alabama statistics, there are currently 250 children waiting for adoption, and Kai Mumpfield, a regional coordinator for Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections, said race is not a main concern when trying to match a child with adoptive parents.