Alabama Sorority Sister Says N-Word In Racist Instagram Video

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 The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

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Dear Marvel, You Really Need TO Do Better With Representation

This is simply a poor attempt at more diversity.

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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers "Endgame" hit theaters and shattered records across the world with making an amazing $350 million in North America and an even more stunning $1.2 billion worldwide. In fact, 'Endgame' has already destroyed records set back "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Avatar," and even the first part of the movie, 'Infinity War.' Fans went in expecting a mix of emotions and for the most part, the movie definitely delivered. However, there is one thing that some fans are severely disappointed in.

Directors like the Russo Brothers hyped up an "exclusive gay character" and "Marvel's first openly gay character" in the 22 movie franchise. But fans weren't happy with what they received after all of this hype beforehand. While representation is representation sometimes it's simply not good enough. In this movie, Steve Rogers (Captain America) goes to a counseling group with others to deal with such a huge loss in their world and lives. This is where we meet the "exclusive" gay character, who barely even has a name. He's an unnoticeable character if you're not paying attention, has no relevance to the plot, and doesn't make any kind of difference in the movie at all. He talks about how he finally went out on a date, with a guy, and how eventually they both cry while reflecting on their lives after the snap. While they call this "exclusive," we call this pretty close to queerbaiting.

Making a big deal over a background character and parading him around for his sexuality isn't what we would call representation. While it's always cool to see an LGBTQ character on the screen in such a huge series, this character is still just a minor character and has no relevance and is literally never seen again. He is on screen for less than five minutes before we never see this character again. This is what you call representation? A minor background character with no importance whatsoever? No thanks!

What we are looking for is at least someone that has something to do with the plot, not just there to say they've done it and market to the LGBTQ community. Marvel needs to do better when it comes to this. Their big deal over a minor character lost our respect more than it gained because this excitement was only a money grab more than an actual attempt at diversity. When we have characters like Valkyrie, who is Bisexual in the comics, we want to see more major characters gain this diversity. Even Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson agrees, "we gotta move faster" as no person should be excluded from being a superhero for any reason, even sexual orientation.

So Marvel, while you're here breaking box office records, don't forget to do better at giving the LGBTQ community the representation they deserve, and the representation we all want! And until you do, we'll just be here looking over Brie Larson's and Bev Johnson's support of Captain Marvel and Valkyrie!

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