Friday, July 29, 2016

GoFundMe Freezes $184K Donated to Black Homeless Teen After White Woman Questions His Story, Tries to Dictate How Money Should Be Spent

"The teen’s sad story compelled Blaney to launch a GoFundMe campaign, which received some some 5,700 donations over a span of 12 days. Barley expressed his gratitude to the Barnesville woman and could be seen thanking her in a series of posts and videos uploaded to Blaney’s Facebook page. But a rift occurred in the newfound friendship when Barley objected to Blaney’s plans of what he should do with the $184,000 he received in donations. According to the AJC, the college student posted a message to Facebook saying he disapproved of Blaney’s plans to place the funds in a trust; the only way he would agree to doing so was if he could choose an attorney and trustee on his own. Blaney halted donations to the fund last week due to the “sheer size of the amount given,” and announced that the money received so far would be placed in a fund, the publication reports. But beforehand, there appeared to be no stipulations that forced Barley to agree with her plans on how to spend the money or who to trust it with. Blaney later replied to the teen’s post on her “Success for Fred” Facebook page Wednesday evening. “Unfortunately, multiple questions have been raised about Fred’s story,” she wrote. “We’ve received conflicting information about his initial story. … We’ve asked for the campaign to be reviewed.”

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