The Allie Dowdle Story: A white girl faces her racist parents with her black boyfriend goes viral. She’s raising money on GoFundMe to pay for college because they refused to help
I strongly believe on black-on-black love, but I also think everyone has the right to choose who they want to fall in love with, date or do whatever they please. Allie Dowdle is an 18-year old white girl from Memphis, Tennessee. The teen alleged her racist mother terminated all of her supports, including college tuition after she started dating her black boyfriend she met in high school.
Allie Dowdle story on GoFundMe:
About a year ago, I told my parents that I’d started dating a boy named Michael, pictured with me above. Hoping to share him with my family, I showed my parents his picture, and the conversation was over before it even began. My dad did not give me an option: he told me that I was not allowed to see Michael ever again. Why? Strictly because of skin color. It wasn’t a quiet “no,” either. I’ll never forget the yelling my parents did, when they expressed how disappointed they were in me, that I could do so much better. I did not know what to do. I couldn’t comprehend how someone could be seen as less because of pigment. I still can’t comprehend it, and I never will be able to.
Michael and I continued to see each other, but discretely. Over the past year, I’ve fought so hard to make my parents see Michael as a human being instead of just someone who is African American. I’ve advocated as best I know how. Finally, about a month ago, Michael and I approached my parents, but their response was much more drastic than I could’ve ever expected. 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 car, my phone, and my education and leaving me on my own to pay for college. Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to attend college if I cannot come up with the money somehow. My parents also got involved with my school in attempt to get me removed from the organizations I’ve been a part of, like Coexist and Facing History and Ourselves, clubs that essentially encourage valueing and treating people equally.
I’ve applied and received some scholarship money through financial aid, including grants, loans, and work-study, but I still need at least $10,000 to cover the first year of my remaining out of pocket tuition for college by May 1st. I’ve been applying for scholarships and have tried to get a job, but I am still living under my parents’ roof because I have nowhere else to live, and my dad has done everything in his power to make the world difficult for me. I am not able to get a job because I do not have consistent transportation available.
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Even though most of the comments on the GoFundMe page are positive, some racist have called her names and accused her of being a spoil brat. Allie Dowdle father Bill Dowdle fought back after her story popped up on the NY Daily News network. Bill said he’s not a racist, but is concern for his daughter because of backlash and racist treatment of biracial dating folks in the deep South. He also claim his daughter is free to do whatever she pleases.
The elder Dowdle said “it was never about race,” that he is not a racist and that his daughter’s statements about race are “a justification and gave her the moral high ground.”
He said that he and his wife would accept whomever their daughter wanted to date, but that he disapproved of both Michael and a previous boyfriend in part because Allie had started seeing them in secret.
The father said that 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.”
So far, Allie Dowdle’s GoFundMe page raised $16,135 out of the $10,000 goal in just 1 day!
What do you think of Allie’s story?