Tuscaloosa, AL – The University of Alabama’s (UA) vice president and dean of students has resigned from his position, after social media posts he made about police and the American flag being racist resurfaced.
“For us right now, basically all I can tell you is that the University and Dr. Riley have mutually agreed to part ways,” UA Student Government Association Press Secretary Jackson Fuentes told The Crimson White the following afternoon. “So yeah, that’s true, and we do wish him the best.”
UA Division of Strategic Communications Assistant Director Chris Bryant also confirmed that Riley was no longer employed at the university.
“Dr. Jamie Riley has resigned his position at The University of Alabama by mutual agreement,” Bryant told The Crimson White in an email. “Neither party will have any further comments.”
Riley, who was hired by UA less than a year ago, posted the comments in 2016 and 2017.
“The [American flag emoji] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people,” Riley wrote in one tweet. “Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?”
In another tweet, Riley declared that “white people” are not allowed to have an opinion about racism.
“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!”
Riley also questioned the potential hidden agenda behind films about slavery.
“Are movies about slavery truly about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society?” he asked.
Prior to being hired at UA, Riley was the chief operating officer and executive director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Crimson White reported.
He served in various diversity and inclusion roles and student affairs positions at a slew of schools, including the University of California - Berkley, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, Western Kentucky University, Morehouse College, and Longwood University, Breitbart reported.
Riley also taught at several of the same schools, as well as at the University of Maryland - College Park.