Riley's resignation came a day after Breitbart, a far-right website, published an article about the former dean's Tweets about police racism and the American flag.
The University of Alabama's assistant vice president and dean of students, Jamie R. Riley, resigned from his position on Thursday after holding the position for only seven months. Riley's resignation came a day after Breitbart, a far-right website, published an article about the former dean's Tweets about police racism and the American flag.
Dr. Jamie R. Riley, the University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, says that the American flag and police in America are racist. https://t.co/Su0XM9UK3Q— Stan Cooke (@StanCooke) September 4, 2019
Riley was picked as the dean of students for the University of Alabama after a lengthy nationwide search. As per reports, a spokesperson for the university told news sites that Riley resigned by mutual agreement with the university. The former dean also made his Twitter account private after the Tweets were lifted.
Dr. Riley really got forced out for... speaking facts?? The @UofAlabama didn’t even let black folks attend school here until the ‘60s. Now they force a great Dean of Students to resign for simply mentioning that America has a history of systemic racism? I’m ashamed. https://t.co/9oLMOlFczw— Lanai✌🏼 (@BaileyLanai) September 5, 2019
Breitbart lifted Tweets which were published between 2016 and 2017. One of the Tweets reads: "The [American] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?" This Tweet was largely what fueled Beirtbart's rhetoric.
The U of Alabama's Dr. Jamie R. Riley assistant VP and dean of students stepping aside because there's apparently a concerted effort to root through old social media posts to find something to target tells quite a story about where we currently are.— John Gunn (@JuntoGunto) September 6, 2019
Other Tweets read: "I'm baffled about how the 1st thing white people say is, 'That's not racist!' when they can't even experience racism."
This is so disturbing.— zellie (@zellieimani) September 6, 2019
Jamie R. Riley, the University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, resigned from his position on Thursday after less than seven months on the job.
Just because Breitbart found his tweets and called him a racist.
A racist. pic.twitter.com/TezWtjgOah
The University of Alabama has had a history of making the wrong moves when it came to any race-related controversies. In 2013, the students at the University of Alabama held protests for the informally but intentionally segregated sororities, which eventually lead the university's administration to look into the matter, leading to the formal integrating of the sororities.