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College Apologizes, Reinvites Black Conservative Writer to Speak After Nixing First Invitation Over His Views on Race

"This afternoon I offered my apology to Jason by phone and explained the series of events that led me to make my inaccurate statement."

Jason L. Riley — a black Wall Street Journal columnist who was disinvited from a speaking engagement at Virginia Tech over his conservative views on race — has received an apology from the school and a reinvitation to speak on campus.

Jason L. Riley (Image source: YouTube)

After Riley shared his reaction to the disinvitation in a Journal column, explaining there were concerns "that my writings on race in The Wall Street Journal would spark protests,” Virginia Tech's dean of the Pamplin College of Business, Robert T. Sumichrast, took issue with Riley's assertion.

In fact, Sumichrast wrote an open letter to school, stating that “no invitation was extended to Jason Riley.”

But Riley came back with a letter penned by a faculty member inviting him to speak:

It seems the smoking gun forced Sumichrast to issue Riley an apology.

"I believed my statement when I made it but subsequently have learned that it was incorrect," the dean wrote in a follow-up letter to the Virginia Tech community. "Mr. Riley was invited to campus by a Pamplin faculty member in correspondence dated April 19, 2016. Mr. Riley was completely justified in saying that he was invited and in feeling that my statement was inappropriate. This afternoon I offered my apology to Jason by phone and explained the series of events that led me to make my inaccurate statement. Jason was gracious and accepted my apology. I am hopeful he will join us on campus as a speaker, either as part of the BB&T series or as a college-wide speaker."

Riley noted the interaction on Twitter and was pleased over how it went:

It's not yet clear if Riley has accepted the reinvitation, but one Twitter user had a curious reaction to the flap:

(H/T: Campus Reform)

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