Tennessee: Wealthy white girl Allie Dowdle feels backlash over secret black lover

Tennessee: Wealthy white girl Allie Dowdle feels backlash over secret black lover

Allie says she and Michael Swift dated for around a year after first telling her parents but that the issue came to a head before Christmas after Michael approached her parents again. "I've advocated as best I know how".

"It was never about race", he told the New York Daily News, although he did confess that Swift was not his ideal son-in-law because of "issues" associated with interracial couples in Tennessee and The South as a whole. They responded by stopping all funds which benefited her auto, education and phone.

She's set up a GoFundMe page detailing the feud and her current lack of resources.

She claims after that conversation, she was cut off by her parents and no longer has access to her personal savings, auto and phone and can't afford to pay for her education any more.

"Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to attend college if I can not come up with the money somehow".

Since setting up the page on Thursday, Allie has received a number of supportive comments applauding her for taking a stand, and for showing initiative in financing her studies. But there were some reservations over her action to source for college tuition from the crowdfunding website.

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She also stated that her father was refusing to pay for her college tuition because she had not ended the relationship, reports writer Josh Robbins of the International Business Times.

Nonetheless, Dowdle continued to see Michael discreetly -- until a month ago.

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.

Meanwhile Marissa Kizer wrote: "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". "Like how is her going to school benefiting anyone in the black community.it's wonderful she wants to get an education by [sic] the title is slightly misleading". She had made it known that it was hard to get a job in Eads, her rural hometown of around 7000 inhabitants. Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to attend college if I can not come up with the money somehow. "To my family, I say once again I am genuinely sorry for the pain I have caused you, but I do not regret my decision to support my future through a GofFundMe campaign".

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

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