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It seems that the dust-up created by a Muslim student protesting the showing of “American Sniper” has been settled and the film will be shown April 17 and 18 at the campus’s Wrench Auditorium as part of a regular campus film series. The announcement came after some deliberation, and on Friday of last week, the students association announced that the film would be screened as planned.

 

The incident began when Farah El-Jayyousi a psychology and woman’s and gender studies double-major and social justice advocate claimed that showing “American Sniper” would make her feel “unsafe” while also referencing the film as “racist”.

 

She continued; “I do not feel safe on this campus and for good reason. The fact that this film is being shown, the fact that I have to explain why this film is not only problematic but harmful makes me feel even more unsafe, showing this film will create an even more hostile environment for me and other Arab, Muslim, South Asian and people of color on campus”.

 

She then referred to Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, as a “killer with no regard for human life.”

 

The irony of course is that this Muslim student would perhaps be put to death if she ever spoke out within her own country and yet she claims to feel “unsafe” in a country that grants her the freedom to say whatever she likes without recrimination or fear of government reprisals, and protected my the very person she vilifies as a “killer” our American military, who have fought and died to protect and safeguard those rights.

 

And while this is a victory for free speech, the student organizations will also utilize the screening to create new conversations about the issues presented in the film. “We will use these conversations to help cultivate an inclusive campus climate.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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