A Liverpool teenager found herself in hot water with authorities after quoting a Snap Dogg rap lyric that contained the word "n***a" to pay tribute to a friend who was killed in a car crash. Chelsea Russell, 19, was charged by Merseyside Police after a screenshot of the teen's Instagram post was sent to the hate crimes unit, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Constable Dominque Walker of the hate crimes unit has a personal connection to cases related to race as her brother, Anthony Walker, was the victim of a race-related murder. She said when she came across Russell's post, she found words on there "grossly offensive."
"The words are offensive to both black and white people," she told the court.
What did the lyric say?
"Kill a snitch n***a, rob a rich n***a.” Russell argued the lyrics, which appear in the song "I'm Trippin," are not offensive and are often used in rap songs. She posted them to pay tribute to her 13-year-old friend who died in a car crash last summer.
Authorities charged her with "grossly offensive message by means of public electronic communications network." England's "grossly offensive message law" prevents threatening speech against minority groups. According to the BBC, Britain considers "n***a*" a "reclaimed" word.
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