Cancel Culture’s Latest Victim: University of Alabama’s Dean of Students

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019


On Thursday, the University of Alabama’s dean of students Jamie Riley, resigned due to some of his old tweets resurfacing where he stated that the American flag represents systematic racism. 

I’ll be the first one to say that I don’t really agree with what he tweeted but this is starting to get ridiculous. It doesn’t matter who it is; cancel culture will get anyone. 

His old tweets resurfaced thanks to an article by Breitbart. The article basically called out what Riley had said in his old tweets and hinted at him needing to resign. The article highlights three of Riley’s old tweets. 

THREE old tweets are all it took to get him to resign. The tweets state how he believes that the flag stands for “systematic racism” and how white people don’t know what racism is because they can’t “experience it.” Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted the article out Thursday morning to try and create backlash for the tweets. 

This is something that needs to stop. We need to stop ruining peoples lives over a couple of tweets or things they said 20 years ago. Dave Chappelle, in his new show on Netflix, Sticks and Stones, said it the best when calling out cancel culture, “Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life, duh, and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you, and I don’t care when I find out. Could be today, tomorrow, 15, 20 years from now. If I find out, you’re duh-finished.” 

That is exactly the culture we’ve allowed to consume social media and now in our regular lives. This needs to stop. People make mistakes. They grow and change. 

In Dr. Riley’s case, he was just saying what he believed to be true and, in America, there is nothing wrong with what he did. People have the right to say what they want when they want to. We need to end cancel culture now. 

 

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Jake is a freshman at Auburn University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing video games, and talking politics.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Jake is a freshman at Auburn University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, playing video games, and talking politics.

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