Parents Cut Daughter’s College Funding for Dating a Black Man


An 18-year-old white girl from Tennessee set up a GoFundMe page to pay for her college education after her parents cut her off for dating a black man, also a college student.

Allie Dowdle said that when she told her parents about her black boyfriend, her dad said she couldn’t see him anymore.

On her GoFundMe page, Ms. Dowdle writes: “My parents have chosen to no longer support my future, stripping me of all my resources including my personal savings, my car, my phone, and my education and leaving me on my own to pay for college.”

As of Friday, she has raised more than $ 12,000 on the GoFundMe page.

However, her father has a different take on her story.

Bill Dowdle, Allie’s father, told New York Daily News that because of “issues with interracial dating in the South, the present relationship wouldn’t have been his preference,” but stated he is not a racist.

Another problem her father had with his daughter was that she began dating the boy, Michael Swift, in secret.

Allie Dowdle says that she and her boyfriend have been seeing each other discreetly since she told her parents, but things went awry over Christmas when Swift approached them again.

Swift, a 19-year-old college soccer player at Clemson University in South Carolina, is studying sports communication.

Swift attended Philadelphia Union Academy team and went to a $20,000-a-year all-boys high school in Memphis, which happens to be across the street from Allie Dowdle’s $20,000-a-year private all-girls high school.

How they met isn’t discussed but Dowdle also happens to be a soccer player for her high school.

When it comes to Allie’s college tuition, her father insists he decided to cut off her college cash because she has been spoiled and “it became obvious that she needed to go out in the world and grow up,” according to the Daily News.

Allie has stated on her GoFundMe page that “$12,000 would cover the first year of my remaining out-of-pocket tuition for college,” and said she needed the money by May 1, although she has yet to determine where she will be attending college.

Her parents have said that, in actuality, they will be helping their daughter attend college and pay for graduation.

Allie's parents

Allie’s parents

On Friday morning, Allie updated her GoFundMe page saying that it wasn’t her “intention to deliberately hurt my family. My actions reflect my conscious decision to do what I believe is right. To my family, I say once again I am genuinely sorry for any pain I have caused you, but I do not regret my decision to support my future through a GoFundMe campaign.”

Allie then thanked all the people who donated to her cause.

However, some visitors to the page, like Marissa Kizer, weren’t impressed with her cause.

Kizer wrote on Allie’s page: “Sending a white girl from a middle-class family to college is not fighting racism. In fact, expecting to avoid work, student loans, etc., and be treated like a hero for dating a black guy seems pretty racist to me.”

H/T: Daily Mail

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