DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — A recent comment made by State Representative Alvin Holmes has some Tennessee Valley families taking a stand.
Representative Holmes recently made comments in regards to interracial adoptions in the state. “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,” Representative Holmes says.
Parents gathered at the State House Wednesday to protest what Holmes said.
In the Tennessee Valley, the comments hit home for one DeKalb County family.
“We are a blended family, we are foster and adoptive parents,” Darla Nelson says, “Our adopted children are biracial, and we have had them going on eleven years.”
Nelson has a large family. She has two biological children, two adopted children, and two foster children. “One of the little children we have in foster care is a little white boy, and he’s so light-skinned, he doesn’t look like us either,” Nelson says, “So I’m sure when they see us I’m sure people think my goodness, how did that happen?”
But Nelson says no one ever asks or questions her about her family.
That’s why she says when she heard the comments made by Representative Holmes she was shocked. “You know, it’s sad that we have to talk to our children about people thinking they shouldn’t be living with us, because of their skin color,” Nelson says.
Nelson had made plans to go to the rally and take a stand with the other parents, but she wasn’t able to make it.
She says she talked with her kids about the Representative’s comments. “Then to say they wouldn’t want them because of the color that they are, that was hard to do,” Nelson says.
She says her two kids came into her life, and she says it’s been a blessing.
She says they’re a family, and nothing can change that. “Color doesn’t change the way you feel about a person. Love is love no matter what,” Nelson says, “That’s what we say. Love has no color.”