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Alabama student expelled for racist Instagram videos

Harley Barber was expelled from the University of Alabama for racist comments she made in a series of Instagram videos. "I’m wrong and there’s just no excuse for what I did,” Barber said to the New York Post. .(Image source: Instagram video screenshot)

A University of Alabama student who repeatedly used racial slurs in Instagram videos has been expelled from school, The Washington Post reports.

What did she say?

Harley Barber, a 19-year-old freshman, posted a video on a fake Instagram account:

“I love how I act like I love black people because I f***ing hate n****rs, so, that’s really interesting, I f***ing hate n****rs, but I just saved the f***ing n****r by shutting that water off,” Barber said as she recorded the video in a bathroom.

Responding to outrage from the first video, Barber posted another on Monday.

“I’ve wanted to be an Alpha Phi since I was in f***ing high school, and nobody f***ing understands how much I love Alpha Phi, and now, someone wants to save my finsta because I said ’n****r?’ You know what? N***** n****r n****r, I don’t care if it’s Martin Luther King Day. N****r n****r n****r, I’m in the South now, b****h.”

A “finsta” is a fake Instagram account some people create where they can be more honest and open (or vulgar) in their content than they are on the one with their real name attached.

What did the university say?

The university confirmed Wednesday that Barber had been expelled from school, and university president Stuart Bell released a statement.

“Like many of you, I find the videos highly offensive and deeply hurtful, not only to our students and our entire University community, but to everyone who viewed them. 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.”

Barber expresses regret

Barber, who is originally from New Jersey, spoke with the New York Post about the incident Wednesday.

“I did something 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,” Barber said.

Barber said she has received threatening calls because of the videos, claiming that those calls “came out of nowhere.”

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