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 the 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 “I’mma 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 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.