Univer­sity of Alabama dean quits over old tweets

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

A black dean at the Univer­sity of Alabama has re­signed after a con­ser­va­tive web­site high­lighted old tweets he sent link­ing the U.S. flag with racism.

News out­lets quote a univer­sity state­ment as say­ing dean of stu­dents and as­sis­tant vice president Jamie R. Ri­ley re­signed a day after the story by Bre­it­bart News.

The web­site pub­lished a re­port say­ing a tweet on Ri­ley’s so­cial me­dia feed from 2017 stated that the Amer­i­can flag rep­re­sents a “his­tory of racism” for black peo­ple. It said po­lice are part of that sys­tem.

Another tweet ex­pressed baf­fle­ment about how white peo­ple can make a judg­ment on racism when they can’t ex­pe­ri­ence it.

Ri­ley had served in the po­si­tion in Tuscaloosa since Fe­bru­ary. He’s a former ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Al­pha Phi Al­pha, a his­tor­i­cally black fra­ter­nity.

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