John explores the reasons #JasmineBarkley & #KaitlinListro incited the abhorrent racist social media video of "N-Word"
Also includes clips of Town Hall William Paterson University of New Jersey
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"One of the sorority girls who came under fire after filming herself saying the N-word said she is 'not a racist' and that she felt 'unequal' when she made the clip.
William Paterson University student Jasmine Barkley responded to the controversy on Monday with a lengthy statement tweeted out by the school's newspaper.
Over the weekend videos were leaked that showed Barkley and a friend from Penn State University repeatedly saying the N-word on her Instagram and Snapchat.
One clip shows the Penn State student in an elevator repeatedly singing the N-word before saying: 'You're a fat n****r, suck my d**k'.
In the second video, Barkley asks her Instagram followers: 'Is it appropriate for me to say n****r if it's in a song and you're singing the lyrics, or is it not appropriate for me to say n****r? Let me know.'
William Paterson University student Jasmine Barkley (pictured) has come under fire for her response after leaked videos showed her and a Penn State University friend saying the N-word
But Barkley also defended her use of the word, saying she is not a 'racist' and that she was feeling 'unequal' when she made the clip after her friend was 'harassed' for saying the word
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On Monday Barkley said that she believes in 'equality and respect among all' and that she was 'deeply sorry' to those who were offended by the videos.
'I admit that the place and context of how I presented my question was insensitive,' she wrote.
But then Barkley's apology came to a halt as she began explaining why she believes the N-word has no place in rap music if she can't sing along as well.
'If a word is offensive to a particular race then it should not be presented in music,' she said.
'When an interracial group sings along to lyrics, including the N-word, people don’t call out those who are not black, racist for singing along.'
Barkley said she filmed the videos because she became 'upset' after her friend was 'harassed' for singing along to the song Freaky Friday by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown.
At one instance in the song, in which the white rapper switches bodies with the black R&B singer, Lil Dicky expresses his excitement at being able to say the N-word.
Penn State student goes on a N-word tirade
Barkley and her friend from Penn State (pictured) came under fire after they filmed themselves saying the N-word in Snapchat and Instagram videos that were later leaked to social media
'I never attacked a specific person or group,' Barkley wrote. 'I was simply questioning why one race has more rights to freedom of speech than another.'
Barkley then went on to quote Charlamagne The God, who hosts an MTV talk show.
'My hope is that people realize this was not a malicious act but just a response to feeling ridiculed and unequal pertaining to this issue '[A] comment he makes is about how if Martin Luther King Jr or other historic black figures were to come back to life, they wouldn’t be shocked by white people using the N-word but by those of the black race using the N-word,' she writes.
'There is no moral justification stating that I am not allowed to sing lyrics sung by a different race.'
'The black race has been fighting against segregation for a long time, yet the divide of those who can use the N-word only creates more segregation,' she added.
Barkley went on to say that she had been using her voice on campus to make 'positive strides in equality'.
'My hope is that people realize this was not a malicious act but just a response to feeling ridiculed and unequal pertaining to this issue,' she continued.
Barkley's response was quickly ridiculed on social media, with one person tweeting: 'She found the most elaborate way to say "I don't respect black people"'.
The videos have been watched more than 200,000 times after they were posted on Sunday
The shocking videos were leaked on Twitter by user @seuntheactivist, who also attends Penn State University. They had originally been posted on social media by Barkley
The Penn State student in the first video also appears in the background of the second video, where she can be heard saying 'What up my n****r, what up my n****r' as Barkley speaks
'This isn't even an apology, why would you give her a platform?' asked another.
'I’m confused. So there’s no disciplinary action being taken for this? It’s 2018 and she’s in college,' one commenter wrote.
'Whether a word is said in a song or not, she should know her history of where the word derived from& how many people are offended by it.'
Barkley's statement came after she first apologized on her Snapchat account.
'I am so sorry for everyone that is offended by my Snapchats, but obviously from here on out if you have a problem with what I have to say then you should just not watch,' she told her followers.
The videos, which were both posted on social media by Barkley, were leaked on Twitter by user @seuntheactivist, who attends Penn State.
They have been watched more than 200,000 times.
'This is my university. Beyond ridiculous. @Pennstate y'all already know the deal. Just do your thing,' he wrote in the post.
Many were disappointed with Pennsylvania State University's response to the videos, which was tweeted directly to Seun
Penn State has since posted a message from University leaders revealing that the Office of Student Conduct is investigating the videos
But many were disappointed with Pennsylvania State University's response, which was tweeted directly to Seun.
'Penn State's embrace of diversity and inclusion, and opposition to prejudice and hate, are clear,' the university tweeted in a statement.
'We condemn racist messages, as they are hateful and violate our institutional values. We cannot, however, impose sanctions for Constitutionally protected speech, no matter how offensive.'
Penn State has since posted a message from University leaders revealing that the Office of Student Conduct is investigating the videos.
'The University shares the outrage and disgust expressed on social media and beyond regarding the use of a racial slur by a student on her personal social media account,' the statement read.
'The inclusion and safety of all our students is paramount. It is deeply troubling that as a society, we today are still facing racism.'
'We must uphold our values, and Penn State is increasingly focusing on how to address and educate our students on the impact of hateful messages and actions.'
William Paterson University, a public college in Wayne, New Jersey, said officials were investigating the videos to 'determine what actions are appropriate'
Meanwhile William Paterson University, a public college in Wayne, New Jersey, said officials were investigating the videos to 'determine what actions are appropriate'.
'We have learned of videos on social media including one in which a William Paterson student, who is also a leader in our sorority community, makes abhorrent and racially charged statements at a non-University gathering,' the statement reads.
'We are disgusted by this behavior, which does not reflect our values or those we expect from our students.'
It was later discovered that Barkley was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, which also issued a statement regarding the videos.
It was later discovered the Barkley was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, which also issued a statement regarding the videos
Delta Phi Epsilon's William Paterson University chapter has since revealed that Barkley is no longer a member of the sorority
'Delta Phi Epsilon International Headquarters has just become aware of an unfolding situation at William Paterson University,' the statement reads.
'We are investigating the actions of one member and will take swift, decisive action to remove her or any member who does not uphold our values.'
Delta Phi Epsilon's WPU chapter has since revealed that Barkley is no longer a member of the sorority following the incident.
'The woman in the video is no longer a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon organization and her actions did not occur at a DPhiE event,' read a statement posted to the sorority's Instagram page.
'Her actions are not condoned or shared by the Epsilon Chi chapter at William Paterson University.'
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