Updated Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 5:30 p.m. EST: The University of Alabama is now confirming that Harley Barber is no longer enrolled at the school.
UA President Stuart Bell issued the following statement, which was shared to the university’s Twitter account:
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.
Barber gave a telephone interview to the New York Post in which she confirmed that she was returning to her home in New Jersey. She told the Post that she had been receiving threatening phone calls in response to the videos.
“I feel horrible,” Barber said. “I feel so, so bad and I am so sorry.”
She added: “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.”
The Post asked Barber if she had considered the advice of a friend who told her not to post the video.
“No, I’m an idiot. There’s no excuse. I did something really bad,” she said.
Yes, Harley. You did something really stupid and bad. The internet is forever. Good luck finding a job in the future.
Updated Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, 3:05 p.m. EST: It appears that there are some consequences for white racists after all.
Harley Barber has been kicked out of Alpha Phi sorority after her racist Instagram rant went viral Tuesday.
Linda Kahangi—who is the executive director of Alpha Phi International Women’s Fraternity—said the following in a statement Tuesday evening:
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.
Yes. Diverse. Someone in the comments drew my attention to the fact that the University of Alabama Alpha Phi chapter is the same sorority that was guilty of this video a few years ago:
That totally looks very diverse. Some of them are even brunettes.
Anyway, waiting for the U of A to send Harley back to Marlton, N.J., on the fastest thing smoking. Hit me up when that happens.
Did you know that if you are from New Jersey but go to college down South—say, in Alabama—you can use the n-word as much as you want? Even if it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day? I had no idea, but thankfully, a University of Alabama sorority girl was here to educate me.
According to her Facebook page (and her inflammatory and racist Instagram video), Harley Barber is from Marlton, N.J. She is a student at the University of Alabama, where she is also a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She has always wanted to be a member of that sorority, ever since she was in high school.
From what I can gather from her Instagram video, someone told Barber’s sorority that she might be a little bit racist. It is possible that the sorority pulled Barber to the side about it, because the result is a 56-second Instagram video in which she rants about someone trying to snitch on her to her sorority and about how, since she was now down South, she could say the word “nigger” as much as she wanted.
Two videos from Barber’s alleged “Finstagram” (fake Instagram) were posted to Twitter by Twitter user @TabisBack.
In the first video, Barber encounters a faucet running, wasting water. She turns off the water and says, “We don’t waste water because of people in Syria.”
She then says, “I love how I act like I love black people because I fucking hate niggers, so that’s really interesting. I fucking hate niggers, but I just saved the fucking niggers by shutting that water off.”
She then sings, “Jump on it. Jump on this. Jump on this” and adds, “Imma probably jump on your man with my … ”
In the second video, she says:
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 say I’m offensive because I said “nigger”? 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. And if anyone else wants to fucking snake me on my fucking Finsta for saying nigger?
Her rant was supported by a crowd of seemingly drunken white sorority girls who laugh and appear to be cheering her on.
After the University of Alabama was tagged on the tweet, it responded with a tweet of its own disavowing Barber’s rant.
“These remarks are ignorant and disturbing and in no way reflect the values of The University of Alabama. This unfortunate behavior has been reported to the Office of Student Conduct as it does not align with the community expectations of students at the Capstone,” the university wrote.
Alpha Phi, a sorority that touts itself as “a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement,” has yet to make a statement on its member’s actions.
If the Donald Trump presidency has done anything for this country, it has emboldened racists and made them feel as though they don’t have to hide anymore. So now we get these racist videos with people showing their faces and their real attitudes.
We’ll see if either the University of Alabama or Alpha Phi does anything about this.