University of Alabama expels student over racist social media tirade

The University of Alabama has reportedly expelled a 19-year-old student after she posted racist videos on social media.

Harley Barber was expelled from her sorority and the university after the school investigated two videos that she posted on her “finsta,” or “fake” Instagram account, one of which was posted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In one video, Barber uses the n-word in a rant after turning off a running faucet.

“We do not waste water,” she said in the video. “We don’t waste water because of people in Syria. I love how I act like I love black people because I f—ing hate n—–s. So, that’s really interesting — I f—ing hate n—–s, but I just saved the f—ing n—–s by shutting that water off.”

In the second video, Barber references backlash to her first video, appearing to address threats to expose her racist tirade. Another person can be heard in the background, warning Barber not to post the video.

“I’ve wanted to be in Alpha Phi since f—ing high school and nobody f—ing understands how much I love Alpha Phi,” Barber says, staring directly at the camera. “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, bitch,” she continued. “So everyone can f–k off. I’m from New Jersey, so I can say n—-r as much as I want.”

University and sorority officials have condemned Barber’s comments, as have multiple current and former Alabama football players.

{mosads}A spokesman for the University of Alabama said in a statement that Barber’s remarks were “ignorant and disturbing.”

University president Stuart Bell said the videos were “highly offensive and deeply hurtful.”

“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.”

Barber apologized in an interview with the New York Post, saying she feels “horrible” about the videos. 

“I feel so, so bad and I am so sorry,” Barber told the Post. “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.”

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