If you are not familiar with the Mimi Groves story, you might want to take notice. It is a virtual peek into the future that the radical left wants for the United States. If they are allowed to keep getting away with this behavior, they will cause irreparable damage to American society.
The New York Times recently published an article telling the story. Mimi Groves was an incoming freshman at University of Tennessee who was looking forward to joining the school’s award-winning cheer squad. But her dreams were dashed when a former classmate with a vendetta published a damning video clip showing her using a racial slur in a video about four years prior.
As RedState’s Alex Parker reported on Sunday:
“15-year-old Mimi was psyched to get her driver’s permit.
Upon receiving it, she sent a friend a 3-second Snapchat video.
The message: ‘I can drive!’
Only she added a peculiar closer.
Her exact words were, ‘I can drive, [N-word]!’”
The video was posted by Jimmy Galligan, a mixed-race student who was a former classmate of Groves. He originally saw the video when it was sent to him in 2016. He told the Times that he decided to hold on to the video until the time was right to post it on social media.
From the Times:
“’I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word,’ Mr. Galligan, 18, whose mother is Black and father is white, said of the classmate who uttered the slur, Mimi Groves. He tucked the video away, deciding to post it publicly when the time was right.”
Multiple social media users responded to the video, slamming Groves for her years-old mishap, and engaged in an online shaming campaign. Many called on the University of Tennessee to rescind her invitation. School officials told Groves that they received hundreds of complaints about her video.
You already know what happened next.
Groves was forced to withdraw from the school under pressure from the admissions office. Oddly enough, it was on the day when the student posted a tweet urging her followers to “protest, donate, sign a petition, rally, do something,” that Galligan decided to release the video clip.
Dan Levin, the author of the NYT piece, writes, “In one sense, the public shaming of Ms. Groves underscores the power of social media to hold people of all ages accountable, with consequences at times including harassment and both online and real-world ‘cancellation.’”
Anyone with a sense of decency can see that Galligan’s actions, despite his claims, go far beyond the notion of holding “people of all ages accountable.” This was vengeance, pure and simple. Levin goes on to describe an environment in Leesburg, VA, where Groves is from, as one that is rife with racist behavior in its schools.
“It was just always very uncomfortable being Black in the classroom,” said Muna Barry, a Black student told the Times. Levin noted a report that documented a pattern of racial problems in the city’s schools.
A report commissioned last year by the school district documented a pattern of school leaders ignoring the widespread use of racial slurs by both students and teachers, fostering a ‘growing sense of despair’ among students of color, some of whom faced disproportionate disciplinary measures compared with white students.
Galligan himself discussed how other students hurled racial slurs at him and mocked him because of his race. “Mr. Galligan recalled being mocked with a racial slur by students and getting laughed at by a white classmate after their senior-year English teacher played an audio recording of the 1902 novella ‘Heart of Darkness’ that contained the slur,” Levin writes.
Groves told the Times that when she was 15 years old, she didn’t understand the historical context of the N-word. “At the time, I didn’t understand the severity of the word, or the history and context behind it because I was so young,” she said.
Unfortunately, this is precisely the type of scenario that the radical left would like to see more frequently. Their total embrace of cancel culture is now trickling down to younger Americans, and they are influencing them to use their platforms to punish people for their misdeeds.
It is not hard to imagine that a school district could have issues with students using racist slurs and engaging in racist behavior. The reality is that kids do stupid things, even if their parents have taught them better.
Galligan was on the receiving end of these racially-motivated taunts, and unfortunately, he decided to use a video clip to get revenge. But he only did what the radical left has been encouraging his ilk to do for years. But this does not take away from the fact that his actions were reprehensible.
Groves is not the only person who has been targeted in this way. In a different article, Levin observes:
In this digital age, when social media posts can ricochet across the internet at furious speed, the message from those universities to the students caught posting racist sentiments online has been uncompromising: You are no longer welcome here.
Here’s the bottom line: The nation is full of people, regardless of political persuasion, who have said things they regret, especially when they were children. The left knows this and plans to capitalize on it. They want to create a country full of Galligans, digital soldiers whose mission is to destroy those who break the rules that the progressive Sanhedrin has graciously bestowed upon us.
If we do not find a way to push back against this trend, cancel culture will become American culture and the radical left will have an easier way to destroy those who dare to argue against their ideology. If you have any doubts as to this possible future, I will leave you with Galligan’s comments on his actions:
For his role, Mr. Galligan said he had no regrets. “If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened,” he said. And because the internet never forgets, the clip will always be available to watch.
“I’m going to remind myself, you started something,” he said with satisfaction. ‘You taught someone a lesson.”
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