UA Dean of Students Out, Amid Tweet Controversy

University of Alabama Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Jamie Riley resigned, amid a controversy over racially inflammatory messages on Twitter. The website Breitbart published tweets from 2017, in which Riley criticized the American flag and police as racist: "The (American) flag represents a history of systemic racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?"

In another tweet, Riley said that white people were not allowed to have an opinion on what should be considered racist. "I'm baffled about how the 1st thing white people say is, 'That's not racist!' when they can't even experience racism? You have 0 opinion!"

The University issued a terse statement following the abrupt resignation:

"Dr. Jamie Riley has resigned from his position at The University of Alabama by mutual agreement. Neither party will have any further comments."

Riley was hired in February. UA Vice President for Student Life David Grady, at that time, said Riley's "leadership will be invaluable for our students."

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