A student has raised £11,000 through crowdfunding after claiming her parents cut her off after discovering she had a black boyfriend.
Allie Dowdle, 18, says her dad Bill told her she was never allowed to see Michael Swift again after she showed her father a photo of her new fella.
“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.”
The teenager , from Memphis, Tennessee, said after the blazing row, she was blocked from using her personal savings and no longer had access to her car or phone, leaving her penniless and unable to continue her education
She wrote: “As I am 18, my parents have chosen to no longer support my future, stripping me of all my resources.”
Allie has already smashed her $10,000 target, with her running total at around $14,000 (approximately £11,470).
The 18-year-old’s dad has denied that the issue is about race.
Bill Dowdle insists he and his wife will accept any young man that their daughter choses to date, and only cut her off because she started dating Michael in secret.
But he admitted there were ‘issues’ involved with ‘bi-racial dating’ in the southern states of America.
By SOMTO MONANU