Sorority member expelled from school after racist Instagram rant

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She was also booted from Alpha Phi.

A University of Alabama student said she has been expelled and booted from her sorority after she used the N-word and other profanities in an Instagram video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The student, Harley Barber, posted two videos Monday to her Finstagram (“fake,” or private, Instagram account) that included her repeating the racist slur and her affiliation with the sorority, AL.com reported on Wednesday. 

Barber’s Instagram account has been removed, but her videos made the rounds on Twitter.

In the first video, she turns on a faucet and can be heard saying she doesn’t “waste water…because of the poor people in Syria.” 

“I love how I act like I love Black people because I fucking hate n****rs,” Barber says.

In a second video, which appears to be in response to backlash from the first, Barber launches into a racist rant using multiple expletives.

“I’m from New Jersey so I can say n****r as much as I want,” she says in the video, facing the camera.

She calls out people trying to “snake,” or report, her original video.

“Nobody understands how much I love Alpha Phi, and now someone wants to snake my Finsta ’cause I said n****r,” she says. “I don’t care if it’s Martin Luther King Day. N****r, n****r, n****r. I’m in the South now, bitch, so everybody can fuck off.”

Linda Kahangi, the executive director of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, told AL.com on Tuesday that Barber had been removed from the organization.

“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 statement from the sorority said. 

A spokesperson for the University of Alabama said Barber’s videos are “ignorant and disturbing” and “in no way reflect the values” of the university.

Barber told the New York Post on Wednesday she was going home to New Jersey after being expelled from school.

“I did something really, really bad,” Barber told the Post. “I don’t know what to do and I feel horrible. I’m wrong and there’s just no excuse for what I did.”

She said she has been receiving threatening phone calls which “came out of nowhere.”

“I feel horrible,” she said. “I feel so, so bad and I am so sorry.”

New York Giants linebacker Landon Collins, a former player for the University of Alabama, also condemned Barber’s videos in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Harley Barber didn’t wake up this morning and decide to spew racist rhetoric for the first time in her life,” he wrote. “The Bama football team does not need the support, cheers or high fives of anyone who condones this type of intolerant, hateful behavior.”

H/T New York Daily News

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.