The story of one woman's fight against her family to reclaim money left to her by her great-aunt is causing ripples in her community. She’s taken to Reddit to find out whether or not she behaved appropriately in the situation.
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The author begins by explaining that her late great-aunt, who lived in London and received a high-quality education, had the desire to fund the education of her female relatives. To achieve this, she set up savings accounts for her female relatives, something that is not valued in the author’s community or culture.
That said, despite this incredibly generous gesture, the money was not used for the proper purposes, as the author explains further:
"My parents managed to access the accounts that were set up for my sister and I. They used it to pay for my brother's wedding. My sister didn't care because she got married two years out of high school and had no intention of going to college. When I graduated I went to the bank to get money for school and it was almost all gone. There was like $13,000 left.”
The author chose to confront her parents about this, and didn’t get the response she wanted. She continues:
“I asked my parents about it and they said they had needed the money. I finally found out where the money went. I got furious. I got student loans and moved out. I am a great source of shame to them and I don't give two [hoots]. I am currently suing them for the money that was left for me.”
Despite facing criticism from family and community, the Guardian reports that modern-day women are choosing to stand up against misogyny and sexism within their family units, whether it be due to traditional or cultural values. The author’s story serves as an example of the power of standing up against injustice and doing what one believes is right, as detailed by Voices of Youth.
The author has, however, faced pushback from her family, who don’t agree with her decision and are openly critisizing her actions:
"My entire family is against me. They all think I am [in the wrong] for airing private family business in public. And that I am putting money ahead of family. My brother called me up and offered to pay for my university if I drop the lawsuit. I agreed as long as we had a legally binding contract. He said I was being a [terrible person] for not trusting him. I said he should not have accepted my money for his wedding.”
The relative's fight for her great-aunt's money is causing an uproar in her community, and she’s unsure as to how to continue forward.
What do you think?
Should the author continue on to reclaim the money that was left specifically for her education, after her parents misused it for her brother’s wedding and other things it wasn’t meant for?
Or should the author recognize that her parents did the best they could in raising her, and she should see the education fund money they used as benefiting the entire family?
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