Harley Barber claims she was expelled from the University of Alabama after two racist videos she posted to her Instagram went viral
Barber told the New York Post she was heading back to New Jersey
UA has not confirmed Barber was expelled but released a comment on Wednesday
Alpha Phi released a statement saying Barber was no longer a member of the sorority
Barber’s mother told Daily Mail that she kicked Barber out in December 2016 due to her lack of respect
University of Alabama student Harley Barber has become the latest target of social media users after the 19-year-old posted two racist videos to her Instagram account.
Barber, originally from Marlton, New Jersey, posted the first video from the bathroom of Rounders Bar, a favorite spot for students of UA. Since the videos went viral, Rounders has stated that Barber is banned for life. In the video, Barber turns off the sink and states, “We do not waste water…because of the poor people in Syria. We don’t waste water. I love how I act like I love black people because I fucking hate niggers so that’s really interesting but I just saved the fucking nigger by shutting that water off, so jump on it.”
The video was posted to her Instagram account @spookyslut_ and instantly began receiving backlash. Instead of apologizing, Barber decided to double down and post a shockingly worse racial rant during which she claims having no problem posting the racial slurs on Martin Luther King Jr Day.
I’ve wanted to be an Alpha Phi since I was fucking in high school and nobody fucking understands how much I love Alpha Phi and now someone wants to snake my finsta because I said nigga. You know what? Nigger, nigger, nigger. I don’t care if it’s Martin Luther King Day, nigger, nigger, nigger. I’m in the south now bitch, so everyone can fuck off. I’m from New Jersey, so I can say nigger as much as I want. Nigger, nigger, nigger. If anyone wants to fucking snake me, on my fucking finsta for saying nigger, fuck you. I’m in a fur vest. I want you to buy my fucking fur vest. Cuz fuck you. Go to Neiman Marcus and buy my fucking fur vest. Because fuck you if you snake my to my fucking sorority that means fucking everything to me. Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you.
Following the huge backlash received, Barber has deleted her Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook account. In an apology from Barber to the New York Post, she stated she had been expelled from UA and was on her way back to New Jersey.
I did something really, really bad. I don’t know what to do and I feel horrible. I’m wrong and there’s just no excuse for what I did.
UA did not confirm Barber’s claim that she was expelled, but that could have to do with strict student privacy laws. However, on Wednesday, President Stuart R. Bell released the following statement in regards to the incident.
In light of the racist and disturbing videos posted by one of our students on social media, I want to express my personal disgust and disappointment.
Like many of you, I find the videos highly offensive and deeply hurtful, not only to our students and our entire University community, but to everyone who viewed them. 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.
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. These types of incidents affect community members differently. If you have been impacted and would like additional support, please access resources here that are available to you on our campus.
Over the last year, I have had conversations with many of you who shared your UA experiences with me. You have voiced your pride in the progress we have made, but we still have much work to do. I want to thank all of the students, faculty and staff who met today to have conversations about this event and the steps we can take, individually and collectively, to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus. You have my commitment and the commitment of our leadership team to sustain progress and address directly any issues that arise.
I know you join me in taking a stand against this and all reprehensible behavior. As members of this community, we are a family and this is our home. Everyone has a right to feel safe and welcome here.
Stuart R. Bell
Linda Kahangi, executive director of Alpha Phi, released the following statement denouncing Barber’s embarrassing actions. Kahangi stated that Barber was no longer a member of Alpha Phi.
Alpha Phi is a diverse, values-based organization and condemns the language and opinions in these videos. They are offensive and hateful to both our own members and to other members of the Greek and campus community. The Beta Mu chapter leadership and supporting alumnae moved quickly to address the offense, and Ms. Barber is no longer a member of Alpha Phi.
I am so sorry for the things I said. I was ignorant and did not understand the impact that this word has on people. I am so sorry that I did this and deeply regret it. Going forward I promise to be more conscientious of my language and actions. I am so sorry to anyone I offended. I am not a good representation of this chapter.
The Daily Mail spoke to barber’s mother, Jill Barbera, who said she was extremely embarrassed by her daughter’s actions, adding that she was not raised that way. Barbera claimed she had to kick Barber out in December of 2016 due to her lack of respect and has not spoken to her much since.
Even though I made her move out in mid December 2016 due to her lack of respect for everyone and everything and refusal to get treatment for same, I did attempt to reach out to her today but there was no answer. I am saddened, shocked, mortified and devastated by her horrific display of racism and hatred on social media. I respect that an apology will never fix the damage she has done, however as her mother I am truly sorry for everyone negatively affected by her actions. She was not raised to act this way nor was this type of behavior or disrespect condoned in the home she was raised in for 18 years.
I am saddened, shocked, mortified and devastated by her horrific display of racism and hatred on social media. I respect that an apology will never fix the damage she has done, however as her mother I am truly sorry for everyone negatively affected by her actions.
She was not raised to act this way nor was this type of behavior or disrespect condoned in the home she was raised in for 18 years,’ Ms Barbera said.
A phone call allegedly with Barber has surfaced on Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube channel “70,000,000 views” uploaded a video on Wednesday titled, “University of Alabama Student Says She ISN’T Racist Because FOOTBALL PLAYERS SMASHED!” In the video, the girl on the phone says, “I’m famous now.”