A Loudoun County, Virginia, mother says her 6-year-old daughter asked her “Are you white, yes or no?” and “Are you a good mom, yes or no?” after learning her mom was not a “good mom” because of her race.
“When [my daughter] got home, the first thing she did was say, ‘Are you white, yes or no?'” Melissa Mundell told WTOP. “I was like, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘Mommy is not good enough.'”
Mundell said her daughter asked her mom if she was “born evil” because Mundell is white. Mundell said her daughter also asked, “Can you tell me what’s going to happen to me because I’m white?”
“I told her I would work my hardest and make sure I was the best mom I could be,” Mundell said.
Mundell’s daughter, Isabel, was diagnosed last summer with advanced stage pediatric cancer. Mundell’s family took her to her first Santa Claus event when she was just four days old.
“I think about getting lost at Disneyland every single day,” Mundell told WTOP.
However, Mundell said her daughter’s questioning of “bad” and “good” is “not abnormal” for her.
“It’s just actually kind of a natural progression as she grew up,” Mundell said.
A GoFundMe page for Mundell’s family said Isabel has been able to watch over her sister while Mundell had surgery to remove a kidney. Isabel had a small opening opened in her stomach to transport the kidney removed, which led to a feeding tube.
“[Isabel] also had an iron supplement for the entire time. We would give her a dinner every night,” Mundell said.
Mundell was told Isabel could continue taking the iron supplement, but she does not want to take it in the hopes that Isabel’s doctors at Children’s National Medical Center will remove the tube soon.
“My initial reaction was shock. I am completely and utterly in shock,” Mundell said. “I don’t know that I really know what to say. My daughter is a fighter. She’s a tough little girl.”
Isabel is still feeling swollen and pain, Mundell said. Doctors have told her mom it will be about two weeks before they can make any decisions about Isabel’s future.
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