Y’all. I Can’t make this sh*t up. And I am BEYOND mad that people have legit donated $24,000 to this fraudulent AF cause.
Here’s the scoop:
Becky, I mean Allie Dowdle, is an 18-year old girl from Memphis, TN, who is hell-bent on keeping her black boyfriend no matter what her parents say. According to Allie’s 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.
According to Allie, after refusing to dump her boyfriend, her parents cut her off financially:
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 valuing and treating people equally.
She’s asking strangers to “help stop racism,” by donating their hard-earned money to her financial well-being. How donating to Allie will help end racism is beyond me. What’s more, her parents deny the allegations:
According to an interview with the New York Daily News:
Her father, Bill Dowdle, who owns a sporting goods store, told the Daily News that his daughter dating a black man may not be his “preference” because of “issues” involved with biracial dating in the South, but that it is not his place to pick who she dates now that she is 18.
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.
During a time when race relations in this country have become increasingly volatile, and every day people are legitimately losing their lives and livelihood due to intolerance and discrimination, this GoFundMe campaign is the height of privilege and entitlement. Check it out HERE for more.
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