Harley Barber, Student at the University of Alabama released a video on social media which showed her using racial slurs repeatedly, resulting in her immediate expulsion and sparking a protest on campus ground.
Martin Luthor King Day
Harley Barber’s video became viral on MLK day and resulted in her immediate expulsion as well as a protest organized on campus in response to the extremely offensive and racist video. Harley was caught repeatedly using racial slurs aimed directly at African-Americans in her video which was first posted on Instagram. She was also caught saying that “I’ll use it as much as I want.”
“I love how I act like I love black people because I…hate…”, she said in her video on Instagram as well “I’ll use it whenever i want,” referring to the racial slurs aimed at African-Americans.
University President Stuart R. Bell stated that the video was “highly offensive and deeply hurtful.” She also stated that the student, Harley Barber, was no longer enrolled at the University.
Response and Comments
“I don’t know what to do and I feel horrible,” she was quoted by the New York Post. “There’s just no excuse for what I did.”
Harley Barber said she that she had indeed been expelled from the University of Alabama after the University refused to confirm that she had been expelled. She also said that she was returning to her home in New Jersey. Barber was also caught identifying herself as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, stating that she wanted to join the sorority since she was in high school.
Linda Kahangi, executive director of Alpha Phi, said that Harley was no longer a part of the sorority. She also stated that “Alpha Phi is a diverse, values-based organization and condemns the language and opinions in these videos,” and that “They are offensive and hateful to both our own members and to other members of the Greek and campus community.”