Former University of Alabama student, Harley Barber, is expelled after racist video goes viral. In one of two videos, the 19-year-old repeated the word n*gger several times in a supremacist style rant. The University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi sorority chapter immediately kicked out Barber, condemning the language and calling itself a “diverse, values-based organization” in a statement. As the former student headed back to her hometown, she issued an apology for her actions.
While Barber continued to spew hateful comments, a female is heard in the background advising the student against posting the video. Not only did she post the first video, but was so enthralled she published another. In the initial video, Barber appears to be standing in front of a bathroom mirror, as she chants:
We do not waste water. We don’t waste water because of people in Syria. I love how I act like I love black people because I f–king hate n—–s. So, that’s really interesting — I f—king hate n—–s, but I just saved the f–king n—–s by shutting that water off.
In a second video, Barber decided to address the heavy backlash she received from the first racist rant. She stared directly into the camera and said:
I’ve wanted to be in Alpha Phi since f–king high school and nobody f—king understands how much I love Alpha Phi. And now someone wants to save my finsta because I said n—-r? You know what? N—-r, n—-r, n—-r. I don’t care if it’s Martin Luther King Day. I’m in the South now, bi*ch, so everyone can f–k off. I’m from New Jersey, so I can say n—-r as much as I want.
The videos, posted on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, quickly went viral and resulted in a host of counterblast. According to students, Barber’s behavior underscores the school’s tense race relations. Stuart Bell, University of Alabama president, described the videos as deeply hurtful and highly offensive. He Added:
The actions of this student do not represent the larger student body or the values of our University, and she is no longer enrolled here,” Bell said in a statement. “We hold our students to much higher standards, and we apologize to everyone who has seen the videos and been hurt by this hateful, ignorant and offensive behavior. This is not who we are; it is unacceptable and unwelcome here at UA.
Rounders, the bar where Barber recorded the first racist video, has banned the teen for life. Her decision to record the video in the bathroom of the restaurant was unwelcomed; however, the location is a popular hangout for University of Alabama students.
Later this year, America will celebrate the half-century anniversary of the landmark bill that prohibited the practice of segregation based on race by property owners and the local government called the Civil Rights Act of 1968. However, recent analysis reveals Alabama still has a long way to go. Birmingham/Hoover has over a million residents of which more than half live in a neighborhood that mirrors their race.
In addition, Alabama made the top ten list for racist places to live. Allegedly, former senator Roy Moore is the reason Alabama’s constitution still mandates “separate schools for white and colored children.” When speaking of Alabama one resident said:
I am white and I have lived in Birmingham Alabama all of my life. Yes, racism is alive and well here. That being said when people mention the word racist here they believe that is the definition of a white person hating all black people. Nowhere in the actual definition does it state anything about a specific race hating on another specific race. We have a decent amount of older white people who ARE racist against blacks. Not all, but a good many. Especially those who were around through segregation and before. However, what I also see today is the majority of racism leaning the other way with blacks hating whites.
Social media sounded off once the videos went viral. Many people were angered by the content, especially on a day honoring one of America’s well-beloved Civil Activists, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, the expelled student also received some sympathy for her ignorance.
I forgive her, only because I used to be racist. After learning about the history of how blacks were treated during slavery, I was in pain. I thought I hated white people. However, after living, growing and becoming more educated and acquainted with different nationalities of people. I realized that good and bad people come in all colors and that racism/bias, hating is not even logical. I feel sorry for her immature ignorance and I hope she grows and matures past this to have a good life that will include friends of many different nationalities. Because God has created some truly beautiful people from all types of ethnic backgrounds.
Despite being a New Jersey Native, Barber’s racist rants seem to support the region’s tense race relations. In efforts to rectify this poor behavior, the school was swift to render disciplinary actions. The teen’s mother disapproves of Barber’s behavior and released a statement in support of the school’s decision. Harley Barber apologized, but not before being expelled for posting two racist videos that went viral.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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