A Black university official at the University of Alabamaresigned Thursday after far-right news website Breitbart published his tweets from years ago. In the tweets, Jamie R. Riley wrotecritically about police brutality and race in America.
Riley, the University of Alabamas assistant vice president and dean of students,resignedwithin a day of the articles publication, according to campus newspaperthe Crimson White.
In their article, Breitbart shared screenshots of tweets Riley wrote in 2017.
The [American] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people, Riley tweeted in September of that year. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?
In another tweet a month later, he wrote, Im baffled about how the 1st thing white people say us, Thats not racist! when they cant even experience racism? You have 0 opinion! He followed it up with #missmewithyouprivilege.
Rileys accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn were unavailable on Friday afternoon when the Daily Dot ran a search. He did not respond to the Daily Dots request for comments.
Chris Bryant,University of Alabamas assistant director of communications, confirmed Rileys resignation with the Crimson White.
Rileys tweets echoverified facts, validated by recent data showing police officers routinely post racist sentiments on their social media. Research also shows that cops are more likely to be brutal towards communities of color, especially the Black community.
Its unclear on what grounds Riley resigned. The provost of the university did not respond the Daily Dots requests for comment.
People on Twitter are outraged.
White supremacist publication Breitbart has forced a Black Prof (Jamie R. Riley) from his job at @UofAlabama for mild & truthful Tweets
— Lisa Tilley (@Tilley101) September 6, 2019
@UofAlabama Asst VP and Dean of Students, Jamie R. Riley forced to resign over resurfaced tweets. I personally dont see what was controversial about the tweets. He spoke facts. pic.twitter.com/I9b0TvqIEH
— E Nichole (@iam_ericanicole) September 6, 2019
Dr. Riley really got forced out for… speaking facts?? The @UofAlabama didnt 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? Im ashamed. https://t.co/9oLMOlFczw
— Bailey Lanai (@BaileyLanai) September 5, 2019
This is so disturbing.
Jamie R. Riley, the University of Alabamas 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
— zellie (@zellieimani) September 6, 2019
Love how @UofAlabama supports diversity until it comes to critiquing the root causes of social & racial inequity …
— Sarah Cheshire (@CheshireCatSaid) September 6, 2019
UA is all about supporting free speech until that free speech becomes problematic for their majority white administration.
Free speech isnt conditional. Im ashamed of my school.
— Jack Kappelman (@thekappeljack) September 6, 2019
Everything he said was true. I wish him the best success, too bad this institution continues to show that it in no way has its black students interest at heart. Maybe one day…
— #MissMeWithYourPrivilege (@CasuallyAllur3) September 6, 2019
According to the campus newspaper, Riley had started his position in February.