A Memphis student has raised more than $30,000 for financial support after claiming her parents cut her off because her boyfriend is African American, according to the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old student, Allie Dowdle, created a GoFundMe account in which she claimed that her parents have chosen to no longer support her, stripping her of her personal savings, her car, her phone, education and leaving her on her own to pay for college because her boyfriend, Michael Swift, is black.
Dowdle said she and her boyfriend have been seeing each other discreetly since she told her parents about the relationship.
Her father, Bill Dowdle, told the New York Daily News that it is not his "preference" that his daughter date a black man because of "issues" involved with biracial dating in the South, though he claimed that "it was never about race."
Allie Dowdle's father told the Daily News that he and his wife would accept whomever their daughter wanted to date.
According to Bill Dowdle, he and his wife disapproved of Swift in part because Allie had started seeing him in secret.