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Rep. Alvin Holmes: Living in a racist glass house throwing stones

Written By | Apr 17, 2014

HOUSTON,  April 17, 2014 — Rep. Alvin Holmes is a black Democrat in the Alabama State House of Representatives who has represented the 78th District (the Montgomery area) for 39 years. He has a history of making racist statements, but these past few months he has outdone himself, offering racist opinions on a vast array of issues.

The racist and extreme opinions, statements and beliefs espoused by Holmes represent perfect examples of the wild and rank hypocrisy that many black liberals routinely practice. He treats blacks who do not fall into line with the Democrat party as serving their white masters by routinely referring to them as “Uncle Toms,” and that may be the least offensive thing Holmes has recently said.

The following is an all-star collection of racism and bigotry that could only be spouted by an entrenched black Democrat politician — all from just the past 90 days:

On Abortion and Interracial Families: In March, during a debate about a prospective abortion bill, Rep. Holmes said on the House floor:

 “Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion. 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 would do well to recall one white woman from Kansas, another red state, named Stanley Anne Dunham and her white parents, Stanely and Madelyn Dunham. When Ms. Dunham got pregnant by a black man in 1961, her parents encouraged her to keep the child and she did.

When she and the child’s black father abandoned the child before he reached the age of 13, the child’s white grandparents lovingly raised him and made many sacrifices to be able to send him to some of the best schools in America. That child’s name is Barack Hussein Obama.

Beverly Owings, the white adoptive mother of a black 13 year old daughter, responded to Holmes at a rally that drew thousands of interracial families to the Alabama capital with these ringing words:

“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 … 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.”

Holmes later dismissed the rally, which drew thousands to the capital:

“You can get a little handful of folks to any kind of rally … you can have a rally for Mussolini.”

Holmes has also repeatedly refused to retract his comments, and in fact continues to espouse this hateful, divisive opinion.

On Interracial Adoption: On April 11, Holmes called in to a local Alabama radio show that had Ms. Owings, the adoptive mother who spoke at the capital rally, as a guest. Holmes had this question for her:

“Do you think the white people of Alabama would let me adopt a white baby? Do you think the white folks in Alabama, the white authorities will permit Alvin Holmes to adopt a white baby in Alabama? Now just answer that yes or no.”

Owings responded to Holmes’ question with a “yes” — Holmes laughed at her response — but she added:

“I will tell you, after what we went through in the adoption process, if I had made the negative, racist statements that you have made, then no, they would not have allowed me to adopt a biracial child.”

On Black Conservatives: On the Hannity show on Fox News in February, Holmes was asked if he stood by comments he had made referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is a black conservative, as an “Uncle Tom.”

 “Yes I do,” Holmes told interviewer David Webb. “I think Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court is an Uncle Tom, a black man allowing himself to be used to carry the message of a white man, which is against the interest of black people in America. In my opinion, that’s an Uncle Tom.”

Holmes clearly believes that black men should avoid thinking for themselves and should instead “carry the message” that he and other black “leaders” claim that black men should believe. He assumes his far-left, progressive, big-government approach to politics is in the “interest of black people in America.”

It would be interesting to hear his explanation about why the black community, ever since the War on Poverty was launched by liberal hero LBJ in the 1960s, has been driven even deeper into poverty and dependence than blacks were before that big-government approach began.

In Holmes’ mind, the “interests of black people in America” are more poverty and more dependence. Justice Thomas deserves to be referred to as a slave to the white man for thinking that blacks may prefer otherwise. This train of thought would be comical if it weren’t common among black progressives.

When asked if he would describe Sen. Tim Scott, black conservative from South Carolina, and the only sitting black senator, with the same terminology, he stated:

“If you going to get to be a United States senator, and you black, and every position you take is a position that the white folks tell you to take, what incentive that going to be for young blacks?”

When questioned about how he knows Tim Scott is only doing what “white folks” tell him to do he stated:

“Because every report I have read, he goes by what the white people tell him. If a white holding a position votes against the interests of black people, well, we call them racists. If a black is in a position and votes against the interests of black people, we call them Uncle Tom.”

Finally, a black Democrat has explains how every person who is not a Big-Government progressive is considered racist by so many black liberals and white liberal elites — because if an individual’s first and only priority is not what black leaders believe their communities want or need (which is often a complete misrepresentation of the community’s actual wants and needs), then that person is either a racist or an Uncle Tom depending on their skin color.

Kathleen Parker writing in the Chicago Tribune  describes Holmes’ perspective, which he shares with many liberal blacks, very succinctly:

“That (Sen.) Scott and (Justice) Thomas are conservatives who happen to be black earns them only contempt from what might be called “establishment blacks” — people whose identities have become so entrenched in past grievance that they can’t or won’t see that they have become what they loathed. History is littered with episodes of anti-establishment protesters becoming the new bureaucrats, victims the new oppressors.”

Kevin Jackson, a black journalist, responded  with this observation: “The irony that Holmes obviously has more “white” in him than black doesn’t go unnoticed on me! This dude is lighter than Obama.”

Alvin Holmes needs to be used to send a message to the rest of the nation and the Democratic party in particular: America will not stand for racist comments or positions to be advocated by any holder of public office, regardless of party or race.

Fortunately, in November, Ms. Tijuanna Adetunji, a black woman and a rising star in the GOP, will be Holmes’ opponent in the race to represent the people of the 78th Congressional district in Alabama. 


James Richard

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