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A student said he has “no regrets” after he saved a video of a former classmate using a racial slur before posting it as she was accepted to her dream university.
Jimmy Galligan broke his silence to the New York Times, explaining that he was sent a three-second video last year of a white classmate using the N-word.
Mimi Groves looked dead in the camera when using the vile slur back in 2016, then aged 15.
She says in the clip: “I can drive, n*****s.”
Groves was, at the time, a freshman at Heritage High School in Virginia, US. She had just received her learners permit and was sitting in traffic when she made the video.
Now 19, she had sent the clip to a friend on Snapchat – but it found it’s way to Galligan, years later when the two were both seniors, The Sun reported.
Galligan, 18, is said to have saved the clip, opting to release it at a time when it would be most damaging to his former classmate.
Having just been accepted into the University of Tennessee, he shared the clip back in June.
He explained to the Times: “I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word.
“If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened.”
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He added that he will be able to tell himself in the future that he “taught somebody a lesson”.
He said: “I’m going to remind myself, you started something. You taught someone a lesson.”
Groves was accepted into her dream college in May and it was only weeks later that she received backlash from friends as she urged her friends to participate in BLM rallies.
She begged pals on Instagram to “protest, donate, sign a petition, rally, and do something”, The Sun reports.
A stranger replied: “You have the audacity to post this, after saying the N-Word.”.
Galligan had shared his stored clip four hours earlier and it was already spreading through social channels on TikTok and Twitter.
In a recent interview Groves said she did not understand the “severity of the word, or the history and context behind it”.
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She said that, although not an excuse, the slur was in “all the songs” she listened to.
In response to the three-second clip resurfacing, she said her entire family had struggled with public shaming.
In a Twitter thread in June, her university acknowledged that her placement on the cheerleading team had been revoked, and her place at school pulled.
A spokesman said at the time: “The university takes seriously our commitment to fostering a Volunteer community that values equity, inclusion, and that promotes respect for all people. We have a responsibility to support our black students and create a place where all Vols feel safe.
“On Wednesday, following a racist video and photo surfacing on social media, Athletics made the decision not to allow a prospective student to join the Spirit Program. She will not be attending the university this fall.”
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