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High school senior, 18, raises 12K on GoFundMe page she set up to pay for college after her parents 'cut her off because she has black boyfriend'

Tennessee teen raises over $10k for college tuition after claiming parents cut her off

  • Allie Dowdle, 18, said her parents cut off help for college over boyfriend, Michael 
  • Dowdle blamed their lack of support on Michael Swift being African-American 
  • She has raised more than $12,000 on GoFundMe to go toward her college tuition
  • Her father, Bill Dowdle, said his daughter dating a black man may not be his 'preference' because of 'issues' involved with biracial dating in the South
  • Insisted that he cut her off because she was 'spoiled' and needed to 'grow up' 

A Tennessee high school senior has raised more than $12,000 for her college tuition after claiming her parents cut her off when she started dating an African-American student.

Allie Dowdle created a GoFundMe account in a desperate attempt to raise money to pay for school after her mother and father said they wouldn't give their financial backing - because they didn't approve of her new boyfriend.

The 18-year-old claims that when she told her parents she was dating a black student named Michael Swift, her dad told her she was not allowed to see him again. 

Tennessee teen, Allie Dowdle (right), has raised more than $10,000 after claiming that her parents cut her off after she started dating African-American student, Michael Swift (left)

Tennessee teen, Allie Dowdle (right), has raised more than $10,000 after claiming that her parents cut her off after she started dating African-American student, Michael Swift (left)

'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,' she wrote on the GoFundMe page.

Dowdle said 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.

Her father, Bill Dowdle, told the New York Daily News that issues with interracial dating in the South means the relationship wouldn't have been his 'preference'.

But he has insisted that his attitude was 'never about race', and is adamant that he isn't a racist.

Dowdle's father told the Daily News that he and his wife would accept whomever their daughter wanted to date.

According to Bill Dowdle, he and his wife disapproved of Swift in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret.

Allie Dowdle
Michael

Dowdle (left) said she and Swift (right) have been seeing each other discreetly since she told her parents, but things went awry over Christmas when her boyfriend approached them

According to Dowdle's father, Bill Dowdle, he and his wife (pictured above) disapproved of Swift in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret.

According to Dowdle's father, Bill Dowdle, he and his wife (pictured above) disapproved of Swift in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret.

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

Prior to college, he was part of the Philadelphia Union Academy team and went to a $20,000-a-year all-boys high school in Memphis, which is about a half-hour drive from Dowdle's hometown of Eads, but just across the street from Dowdle's $20,000-a-year private all-girls high school. 

It is unknown how Dowdle and Swift initially met, but Dowdle is also a student athlete - she played soccer at her high school this fall.

When it comes to Allie's college tuition, her father said he decided 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', according to the Daily News. 

Allie Dowdle wrote on her GoFundMe that the $12,000 would 'cover the first year of my remaining out of pocket tuition for college'. 

While it is unknown where Dowdle plans on attending college, she wrote that she has to have the funds by May 1.  

She said that she is unable to get a job because she doesn't have consistent transportation in her rural town, which has a population of around 6,400 people.

Her father, Bill Dowdle, said that his daughter dating a black man may not be his 'preference' because of 'issues' involved with biracial dating in the South. He said that he and his wife disapproved of Swift (left with family)  in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret

Her father, Bill Dowdle, said that his daughter dating a black man may not be his 'preference' because of 'issues' involved with biracial dating in the South. He said that he and his wife disapproved of Swift (left with family)  in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret

It's unclear what university Dowdle is attending, but her father did say that he and his wife (pictured above with Dowdle) would help their daughter graduate

It's unclear what university Dowdle is attending, but her father did say that he and his wife (pictured above with Dowdle) would help their daughter graduate

Early Friday morning, Dowdle posted an update on 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,' she wrote. 

She concluded her update by thanking all of those who donated to the campaign. 

But several commenters said the push to have others pay for her education portrayed privilege.

User Marissa Kizer wrote on the 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.'

It's unclear what university Dowdle is attending, but her father did say that he and his wife would help their daughter graduate.

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Comment by Yasmin on January 15, 2017 at 11:22am
Who the f*** cares so what this is nothing new white parents disowning their children because their with someone black he shouldn't be with her anyway
Comment by mssusieqno1 on January 14, 2017 at 11:19pm
Get with the program Dowdle. Your daughter is not racist and this should teach you as parents that supporting your children is SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN. My son is black-and whatever his heart desires is alright with me as long as he's happy!
Comment by Wayne Bacchus on January 14, 2017 at 12:41pm
That's what I call determination dispite the odds
Comment by Ab Gai on January 14, 2017 at 1:34am
Also I just noticed this. But if you look at the picture of the boy and girl together, they don't even really look like they were boyfriend and girlfriend It looks like they just took a picture because someone randomly asked. Shouldn't there be more pics if they were that involved. Just a thought.
Comment by Ab Gai on January 14, 2017 at 1:31am
Bravo HandsomeMan!

You are very predictable. You always set the human race back 5000yrs when you click "Add Comment". Congrats. Clearly you either never went to college or don't have little cousins or siblings going to college. But that's okay, that's a discussion for another blog. Or perhaps you were one of those guys who got your teenage girlfriend pregnant and messed up her future. I think hats what it is.
Comment by HandsomeMan on January 13, 2017 at 11:21pm
Ab gai is as racist as those bastards. I was not expecting different from this clown. Blaming the black man.
Stupid ignorant chick
Comment by Ab Gai on January 13, 2017 at 8:46pm
@GospelPan
I see your point as well. In addition, let's not forget the history of black men dating white chicks in the south; at some point they always get accused of raping the girl. There was no such allegation here which further makes me kinda question this girl's intent. This could all just be this girls cry for attention as most of these young kids are nowadays.
Comment by GospelPan on January 13, 2017 at 6:21pm
I understand where you're coming from Ab Gai, I think we need more details before making a final decision. Like what are the poor decisions she's accused of making? Has it affected her grades, which is the most important thing?
Comment by Alicia Johnson on January 13, 2017 at 6:20pm
Yes, your little princess is being poked by a ni$$a regardless of all your efforts to demonize black men when she was coming up. You just made her curious that's all. And yes you are prejudiced so don't try to use some lame ass excuse like "it's because we live in the South". I know people from the South that ain't racist!
Comment by Ab Gai on January 13, 2017 at 5:52pm
Yeah. It makes sense when you realize your kid is making poor choices and wants to do that with your hard earned money. It not enough to just get into college. You have to show that you can handle tough decisions or hard choices. I am sick and tired of hearing about a girls college experience getting messed up or cut short because of a guy, while no matter what situation arises the guy always still gets to continue to enjoy his college experience.

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