A University Of Alabama Student Is Under Fire For Using The N-Word On Her Finsta

A University Of Alabama Student Is Under Fire For Using The N-Word On Her Finsta

Harley Barber, a former member of Alpha Phi and a student at The University of Alabama received a quick backlash for her vulgar words in recent social media videos.

A word that cuts deep, a word that is so brazenly tossed around by members of other ethnicities.

The N-word.

For centuries this term has been used as a racial slur towards Africans and African-Americans, its painful, derogatory meaning has been used to physically, mentally and verbally assault millions of Black people.

So why couldn't Harley Barber understand the negative connotation or the repercussions of using such a word?

Harley Barber is a student at the University of Alabama who said the N-word, repeatedly, in a couple of videos posted to her "Finsta" ("fake Instagram").

You can see the content of the video below.

LMAOOOOO BRO SHE SO BOLD.... yeah her life over after these videos lmaooo pic.twitter.com/1vYt80ACkr
— Tabarius da Feminist (@TabisBack) January 16, 2018

Barber identified herself as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority but has since had her membership terminated, according to an official statement from the sorority.

Another member of Alpha Phi told me Barber's videos were "disgusting" and "appauling" [sic].

Whether she will be removed from The University of Alabama has not be determined. Nevertheless, I think we know how this one is going to play out.

1. The University of Alabama is going to make a very vague blanket statement about how these views do not coincide with the views of the University of Alabama, which they did and,

2. Many individuals are going to be upset about this, media will be contacted, the stories will be run, cornering the University to make a move, however,

3. The University of Alabama will continue to make statements instead of expelling Harley.

I will be very surprised if they expel Harley Barber but she deserves it. Any student who dares to let such a vulgar word part their lips deserves to be expelled.

There are centuries of negative history built upon that word, and no one should say it in all its vulgarity.

Let us not forget the centuries of lynching that goes behind that word. Ku Klux Klan members and members of the White community HANGED African-Americans while chanting the N-word.

Let us not forget the countless African-American men and women who had to walk down the street, enduring verbal and physical bullying, while the N-word was being chanted.

No one takes these actions into consideration when saying the word.

Instead, Barber says it so effortlessly while cursing and threatening the viewers if they so dare to out her to her sorority or the University — while at the same time demeaning the viewers and telling them to hit up their local Neiman Marcus to buy her fur vest, something that is completely unrelated and ignorant.

Let's hope the University of Alabama finally decides to take some action for once and stop letting these young White individuals get away with saying and doing whatever they think they can without any consequences.

Update: Barber has been expelled from The University of Alabama. Read the full story on NJ.com here.

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Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

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#TeamLightSkin Vs. #TeamDarkSkin, Is Light Always Right?

Colorism, it exists every where around us.


The other day, I was watching an episode of "Blackish" and a great topic was brought up during the show. The topic of colorism was the center of this particular episode. As something prevalent in different cultures around the world, hearing individuals talking about this issue on television was so unheard of.

In the episode of "Blackish", the issue dealt with the twins in the show, Diane and Jack, and their annual class picture. In the show, one twin is a bit lighter-skinned and the other is more of a darker skin tone. In the class picture, the lighter skin twin, Jack, showed up in the picture, while the darker skinned twin, Diane, unfortunately, blended in with the background.

The issue that addressed the topic of colorism was the fact that the school was allowing Diane, the darker skinned twin, to not be seen in the photo. In which struck the issue of colorism and light-skin privilege in the black community. As an individual that uses social media often, the present issue of #teamlightskin and #teamdarksin has been around since the times of slavery.

Around the world, skin bleaching is a multi-million dollar business that has survived for decades. Recently, I visited an East-African store and saw a multitude of skin bleaching products at the front counter guaranteeing everlasting beauty.

Light-skin privilege is something that almost everyone in the Black community has heard of. The aspect of lighter-skin black individuals receiving opportunities that other darker-skinned individuals wouldn't be able to acquire such as jobs, housing, and especially in the entertainment industry. The recurring issue of "light is right" that circulates in the community.

If you grew in a foreign culture, you're obviously aware of what colorism is. The aspect of discrimination ingrained in a particular race. Colorism is quite different than racism, in which members of a race are seen as more superior, in regards to being more fair-toned. Anyone who grew up in an Asian, African, South American or even European culture has dealt with colorism in some form.

As an Ethiopian, there are many different shades of our particular race. In which you might see individuals who look more mixed to individuals with a deeper tone. Growing up Ethiopian, the comments of what's considered "beautiful" is talked about constantly. For as long as I can remember, I've heard darker skinned Ethiopian being looked down upon because of the color of their skin.

As an Ethiopian who would consider themselves as medium-toned has never necessarily dealt with colorism full-force. In all honesty, I can't imagine what individuals of darker skin tones have dealt with. As a woman of color, I've experienced microaggression from fellow counterparts and racist behavior in different forms.

A particular time that I remember viewing colorism as a young woman was hearing the comment that a woman would be much more beautiful lighter-skinned. In my experience, I've seen colorism quite often in the aspect of beauty. In history, the "most" beautiful women are usually lighter-skin.

When black women are considered to be "beautiful" they are usually lighter-skinned women like Halle Berry and Beyoncè. The representation of dark-skin women in the entertainment industry is considerably lacking as the times are changing. Colorism will never truly escape the society that we live in, presently. To take the initiative to slowly resolve the issue of colorism is necessary to eliminate the conversation around "light-skin" and "dark-skin" culture.

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