The University of Alabama has a long history of racism and segregation on campus, as recently as 2013. In another fumble, the dean of students at the university, Jamie Riley, was fired about Breitbart News published an article about some of Riley’s tweets from 2016 and 2017.
Riley, who is Black, tweeted: “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?”
Riley’s other tweets, even less controversial, were also mentioned in the Breitbart article:
“I’m baffled about how the 1st thing white people say is, ‘That’s not racist!’ when they can’t even experience racism,” he tweeted in October 2017.
His third tweet questioned whether movies about slavery were “about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society.”
Riley resigned from his position only a day after the Breitbart article published, likely forced out of the university, a mere six months after was given the job after a nationwide search, according to AL.com. Previously, Riley was the executive director and chief executive officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
It’s unsurprising that Riley resigned from his position. The University of Alabama has largely been unable to improve its race relations on campus. In 2013, it was revealed that the university’s sororities were still intentionally segregated.
The debacle didn’t end there. In 2015, one of the university’s first four Black women ever to receive and accept a bid to join one of the historically white sororities was also a Homecoming queen candidate. But members of a secret racist society on campus pressured her own sorority not to support her because she was Black.