A white female student who used the n-word in a three-second video when she was 15 – merely as a way to address her friends in a coarse, hip-hop way and not as a derogatory slur – was attacked by the New York Times after a onetime friend “outed” the video and had to withdraw from the college where she had been accepted.
The friend says he has no regrets about landing his high school classmate in so much trouble. Jimmy Galligan, of Leesburg, Va., used his newfound fame to tell the New York Times about getting a text from a friend which included a video of classmate Mimi Groves using word.
The clip, sent by Groves to a friend on Snapchat in 2016, showed her saying “I can drive, n*****s” as she was sitting in traffic.
Galligan said he reported the clip to teachers but his complaints got no response. Galligan said he kept the video, and decided to post it in June this year as media-fueled racial tensions in U.S. were peaking.
“I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word,” 18-year-old Galligan, whose mother is black and father is white, told the Times.
Galligan said the racial slur used by Groves had regularly been hurled in classrooms and in hallways during his time in the Loudon County School district.
Groves, a champion cheerleader, planned to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was accepted by the team in May, but after the video was released on social media, followed by furious calls from members of the public demanding the University of Tennessee revoke its admission offer to Groves, the school promptly did so.