(swipe 👈🏽 4 more) A college student who posted a video of her racist ranting to social media on #MartinLutherKingJrDay has been expelled from the #UniversityofAlabama, school officials said Wednesday.
#HarleyBarber, a 19-year-old freshman from #Marlton, #NJ., recently posted two videos to her “fake” #Instagram — the secret, secondary account many teenagers use to show their authentic, less polished selves — of her spewing language that sparked outrage both on her campus and across the country as the videos went viral. “We do not waste water . . . because of the poor people in #Syria,” she said in the first video, standing in front of a bathroom sink. “I love how I act like I love black people,” she said, before using racial slurs.
A second video was posted Monday in response to people who were upset by the language she used in the first. She threatened those who wanted to report her fake Instagram account to her sorority, #AlphaPhi, for using racist language. She said she “doesn’t care if it’s #MartinLutherKingDay” before repeating a racial slur more than half a dozen times.
#Barber, who could not be immediately reached for comment, apologized Wednesday in the #NewYorkPost and said she is preparing to return to #NewJersey. “I did something really, really bad,” Barber said in a telephone interview with the newspaper. “I don’t know what to do, and I feel horrible. I’m wrong, and there’s just no excuse for what I did. . . . I feel so, so bad, and I am so sorry.” The University of Alabama’s president, #StuartRBell, said in a statement that the videos were “highly offensive and deeply hurtful” and said he was disgusted and disappointed by Barber’s actions. “The actions of this student do not represent the larger student body or the values of our University,” he wrote. “We hold our students to much higher standards, and we apologize to everyone who has seen the videos and has been hurt by this hateful, ignorant and offensive behavior. This is not who we are.” Barber’s sorority also condemned the videos in a statement to NJ.com. #TheSavageRoom #Savage