“In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame.” – Andy Warhol
First of all, let me just say “WOW!”
When I wrote the blog post “I am not Dating a Racial Slur” I wrote it to vent about my frustration after a lousy night at work. Never EVER in a million years did I think that it would reach over 2 million views, make national headlines, and appear in newspapers around the world. I never imagined I would wake up with fan mail. I didn’t picture myself shaking hands with the director of admissions at Wichita State university as he told me how I touched his heart and that he would be waiving my application fee. I didn’t picture getting offered a job with Elite Daily, or appearing in Cosmopolitan magazine. Not once did I think that people would be coming into my work with newspapers and pointing to my picture and asking to be seated in my section. I never thought that I would receive hate mail, and death threats over my opinion. I never once thought I would touch lives. I never knew that when I clicked “publish” that my life would be changed forever.
To those of you who have grown tired of seeing my countless re-tweets, posts, and statuses about this blog and the attention I have been getting, I apologize. I sincerely do. However, I think you are all such truly amazing people because I have, not even once, seen any of you publicly complaining, I have received nothing but support and love from all of my coworkers, friends, and community. It has been such an amazing journey to share with everyone. It is something I will cherish and be eternally grateful for.
I wanted to take the time to share some of the media “attention” I have received. No, not to brag on myself, but because I have been asked many times if I have a place where people can go to see all the articles. I have compiled a list of links where you can find articles about my blog post, and will share them below. (In no particular order.) IF YOU KNOW OF ANY THAT I HAVE NOT LISTED BELOW, PLEASE EMAIL ME A LINK AT firstname.lastname@example.org!
My Cosmopolitan article: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a35631/im-not-dating-a-racial-slur/
Journal Times: http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/waitress-blog-post-on-interracial-relationship-creates-a-viral-stir/article_986b4d1a-9fcf-5ab6-9bdf-63dc5ba5faae.html
Hamilton Spectator: http://www.thespec.com/living-story/5329635–i-am-not-dating-a-racial-slur-waitress-blog-post-provoked-by-drunks-goes-viral/
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2932605/I-not-dating-racial-slur-White-waitress-dating-black-man-gets-death-threats-writing-viral-blog-post-interracial-relationships.html
Opposing Views: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/social/white-college-student-defends-relationship-black-boyfriend-viral-blog-post
The Inquistr: http://www.inquisitr.com/1804134/ashlyn-sullivan-white-college-student-writes-blog-in-defense-of-relationship-with-white-boyfriend-blog-post-goes-viral/
The Wichita Eagle: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article8528966.html
Interracial Marriage and Family: http://interracialmarriageandfamily.com/not-dating-racial-slur/
NewDay International: https://www.newday.mk/i-am-not-dating-a-racial-slur/
News Aiya: http://newsaiya.com/2015/01/30/i-am-not-dating-a-racial-slur-white-waitress-dating-a-black-man-gets-death-threats-for-writing-viral-blog-post-about-interracial-relationships/
Mad World News: http://madworldnews.com/death-threats-boyfriend/
Talk Real Solutions: http://talkrealsolutions.com/white-waitress-gets-death-threats-after-she-writes-passionate-blog-about-her-black-boyfriend-and-interracial-relationships/
Singapore News: http://www.singaporenews.sg/world/i-am-not-dating-a-racial-slur-white-waitress-dating-a-black-man-gets-death-threats-for-writing-viral-blog-post-about-interracial-relationships/
KAKE News: http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Wichita-college-students-blog-post-on-interracial-dating-goes-viral-290283411.html
There is countless articles in print too! I wish I could get them all on here! Keep me informed if you all see anything else out there that I haven’t posted onto here! (I am sure I have forgotten some)