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.
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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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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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The Lack Of Diversity Among Teachers Doesn't Bode Well For Minority Students

I need one hand to count the black teachers I've had in my life. I need to grow another one to count the white teachers.

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Despite the increasingly diverse student population, diversity among teachers fails to mirror this trend, begging the question of why minority professionals scoff at the idea of teaching.

Teaching, like any profession, is a passion. Excitement for teaching develops through being taught with enthusiasm.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers union polled teachers in 2015 on why they wanted to get into education, and the top three answers, according to The Guardian, were "wanting to work with children, the joy of seeing children learn new things and helping children to enjoy learning." Unfortunately, their passion does not translate well for minority students.

The Chicago Tribune reported that "Nationwide, two percent of public school teachers are African American males, and two percent are Hispanic males." That is a significant discrepancy, considering that nearly half of all students K-12 are students of color.

The gap between minority teachers and minority students is concerning, considering that studies have shown that minority students tend to perform better when taught by minority teachers. Adjacently, those same studies have shown that minority teachers tend to hold minority students to higher expectations compared to their white colleagues.

Minority students feel better about school knowing that there are people like them in positions of authority. Most minority teachers often serve as role models for young students of color, which gives them a more favorable view of their experience in education.

Even for white people, having a minority teacher is some students' first time experiencing a person of color having authority over them, broadening their view of race relations. From a sociological perspective, more black teachers mean better black student performance and better diversity, but unfortunately, young black professionals aren't catching that vision.

The sad reality of being a minority teacher is the oppression that you face.

Being a person of color already invites oppression, but being an underpaid teacher in schools where your successors are dropping out and failing adds to a depressing situation. The Center For American Progress reported that only "70 percent of African American teachers are satisfied with their jobs, and only 37 percent were satisfied with their pay. It went on to state that "both percentages are significantly lower than white teachers."

School systems see it as a rarity if black teachers outperform white teachers in the classroom. The result is more black teachers teaching in low-income schools, instead of the more privileged schools with better compensation and benefits.

For the few that land jobs, regardless of where they teach, "the turnover rate for black teachers is 22 percent nationwide, compared to 15 percent for white teachers," according to the Department of Education.

As a result of the lack of exposure to minority teachers, young minorities do not feel encouraged to enter the teaching field.

Based off the studies above, if you're a black student who had a rough experience in school, being black and unable to build strong relationships with your teachers, what would encourage you to think that you could do the same in the opposite situation, as a teacher?

The first step to increasing the number of minority teachers is to acknowledge that the lack of minority teachers is a problem and not just a coincidence.

Diversity is as American as apple pie and should be the goal in any profession. In 2000, Clemson University adopted an educational program based on recruiting more students of color to enroll in education programs while in university.

Called Mentors Instructing Students Towards Effective Role-Models (MISTER), the program acts as a mentoring and support service for aspiring minority teaching professionals, and it awards scholarships for tuition. Since the inception of MISTER, the program has expanded to 32 universities, yet minorities are still underrepresented in public school systems.

To high-achieving minority scholars, teaching is not very attractive. That is something that is not likely to change anytime soon.

One of the faults in the lack of black teachers is that it creates a lack of black administrators who can make the profession attractive to young black professionals. Until then, public school systems across the United States will be reactive, rather than proactive, when the number of minority students surpasses the number of white students.

In the meantime, hold up your minority teachers. The path they took to teaching was turbulent.

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