Black woman struggles after accused of kidnapping her red-haired son
Black woman has revealed how strangers showing doubt to believe that her red-haired son is her biological son, even others accused her for kidnapping him.
According to Daily Mail, Ebony Lumpkin, 30, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is constantly being peppered with inquisitive questions by strangers about her relationship to Matthew, seven.
Although the family ‘mostly get compliments’, they also face a barrage of queries about whether the schoolboy has different genetic heritage to his mother and father. The family have trawled back through their family trees but say they can find no evidence of a previous red-head.
So constant have the questions begun that Ebony, a Navy veteran, has recently dyed her hair red in a bid to make Matthew feel more comfortable after he was taunted by his peers.
Research shows that both Ebony and Matthew’s father, Patrick Tebbe, 32, must carry the MC1R gene which is linked most strongly to red hair.
Ebony said of her constant conversations: ‘A five-minute trip with Matthew always turned into an hour one as people are in awe with him.
‘They are always complimenting his hair but then look twice at me and make speculations. I can’t count how many times I have had to explain I’m his mother, not nanny nor is he adopted.
She added: ‘I understand it is rare to see a black mother with a white child who has red hair – I was shocked when I first saw him too!
‘But I would prefer it if they were mindful about how they ask – especially in front of Matthew.
‘It is disheartening to hear and makes him question his role in the family. Children are volatile and care about what others think – it is very confusing for him when strangers question if I am his mother.
‘He once spent a whole week asking every red-haired woman if they were his ‘real mummy’ after schoolkids told him I am not.
‘Another time a woman rang the police as she assumed, I had kidnapped Matthew from a white lady who had helped me put on his shoe in the supermarket.
Ebony revealed the family had been to the doctors that day and had Matthew’s birth certificate – but added that even the police officer didn’t believe her at first.
She explained: ‘It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced.’
However, it isn’t always negative remarks, Matthew has racked up over 3000 followers – who love his hair – on Instagram.
She added: ‘We have learnt to embrace the prolonged trips to the store as the positive comments outweigh the negative.