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Teenager raises $30,000 for college on GoFundMe after her parents cut her off for dating black student

By Mason White 1:49 PM January 15, 2017
Michael Swift and Allie Dowdle
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teen has raised a lot of money for herself on GoFundMe, after asking people for help.

18-year-old Allie Dowdle of Memphis, Tennessee, said that
about a year ago, she started dating a black student named Michael Swift.

Allie said that when she showed her parents a photo of her new boyfriend, her father warned her not to see him ever again “because of his skin color,” Allie said.

“I’ll never forget the yelling my parents did, when they expressed how disappointed they were in me and that I could do so much better,” Allie added.

Allie decided to follow her heart and they continued to see each other, but behind her parents’ backs.

“Over the past year, I have fought so hard to make my parents see Michael as a human being instead of just someone who is African American,” she wrote on GoFundMe.

About one month ago, Swift and Allie approached her parents, but their response was much more drastic than Allie expected.

They told Allie that they will no longer support her. Her parents refused to pay for her college, and they took away her car, phone, and her allowance.

Allie turned to people for help on GoFundMe, where she was looking to collect $10,00 to pay for her first semester. However, many people were touched by her story and she has now raised close to $30,000.

Others criticized her for being spoiled and instead of taking a job to pay for college like many of her classmates, she is asking others to pay her tuition.

Allie’s father Bill Dowdle, allegedly said that dating a black man may not be his “preference” for his daughter because of “issues” involved with biracial dating in the South.

However, he wants his daughter to be happy with the man she loves.

Bill said that he and his wife decided to cut off her funding because she has been spoiled and “it became obvious that she needs to go out in the world and grow up.”

Swift, 19, is a college soccer player at the Clemson University in South Carolina, where he is studying sports communication.