Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Girl Raises $10K When Parents Cut Her Off For Dating Black Guy

Girl Raises $10K When Parents Cut Her Off For Dating Black Guy

Allie Dowdle, 18, of Memphis started a GoFundMe account, saying she is an 18-year-old high school senior with a 4.0 GPA, and her parents are "leaving me on my own to pay for college".

Allie Dowdle, 18, from Memphis, Tennessee in the U.S., created a GoFundMe page, claiming her "parents have chosen to no longer support [her] future". "I've advocated as best I know how".

"I couldn't comprehend how someone could be seen as less because of pigment".

'As I am 18, my parents have chosen to no longer support my future, stripping me of all my resources including my personal savings, my vehicle, my phone, and my education, and leaving me on my own to pay for college'.

But he said there were "issues" involved with biracial dating in the south of America and he'd cut his daughter off because she'd started dating black student Michael Swift in secret.

As far as paying for his daughter's college tuition, Bill said he made a decision to cut off her college money because she has been spoiled and "it became obvious that she needed to go out in the world and grow up." . She has called her GoFundMe campaign "Allie's Tuition - Say No to Racism", and some people on the site have suggested that the drive is doing little to fight racism, and is instead just giving a white girl a free ride to college.

Dowdle had made it known that on her page that her dad had insisted that she break things off with her African-American boyfriend.

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On the GoFundMe page, Dowdle said she's raised money through loans, scholarships, and work study to pay for college, but she can't keep a job because she doesn't have transportation.

Nonetheless, Dowdle continued to see Michael discreetly -- until a month ago. I still can't comprehend it, and I never will be able to.

Dowdle said she told her parents about a year ago that she was dating a man named Michael. Good luck to her.

"I'm not really sure how sending a white female to school is against racism?" another user posted. Dowdle, who also plays soccer in high school, wanted to have her college tuition by May 1. While a black boyfriend is not his "preference" because of issues with interracial dating in the South, Bill said it's time his daughter grew up.

"Dating a black man and sending a privileged white girl to college who can't get a job because her parents took away her auto is absolutely ridiculous". The teen took to her GoFundMe page to apologize to her family and reveal that that she never set out deliberately to hurt them.

'My actions reflect my conscious decision to do what I believe is right, ' she said.

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