Words and the sharing of stories with our children and those around us is powerful and keeps the stories alive. Carol was taken from her young mother in the hospital shortly after being born. Her biological mother died in a car accident before Carol ever had the opportunity to meet her.
What we do, as writers, is give a piece of our soul to the reader, or at least we should strive for this. We tell stories that need to be told. We say things that need to be said, even if it is not popular or politically correct.
You have to remember, I grew up being ashamed of my brown skin, always being told that "Indians" are dirty and lazy and stupid. When a child hears that, repeatedly, it becomes their truth. A person, like an adoptive mother, is difficult to ignore. My dad never said those things.