Farah El-Jayyousi, the former president of the Muslim Student Organization at the University of Missouri, is demanding an apology for having American Sniper screened on her campus.
The College Fix reports that El-Jayyousi, a psychology and women’s and gender studies double-major and social justice advocate, took issue with the film earlier this month in a letter to the editor at The Maneater.
“Since the release of “American Sniper,” many white Americans have taken to social media to discuss how viewing this film has affected them. The results are truly appalling... They have sympathized more easily with a killer with no regard for human life than they have with the staggering numbers of people whose lives were taken by the hero of this film,” she wrote referencing former US Sniper Chris Kyle.
“This film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not be shown under any circumstances and especially not endorsed by a branch of student government that purports to represent me and have my best interests in mind,” she wrote.
She tried defending her position, seemingly knowing that arguments over freedom of speech were inevitable.
“Lastly, I would like to clarify that this is not an attempt at censorship but an affirmation of my right to feel safe in my body and identity wherever I may be, including this campus. Freedom of speech should not come at the expense of anyone's humanity and right to be viewed, talked about and treated with basic respect and dignity.”
“I am asking that this film not be shown and that an official, public apology and explanation be issued by all parties involved in approving the screening of American Sniper on Mizzou's campus,” she concluded.
El-Jayyousi's letter was enough for other students to ask the Missouri Students Association to cancel the film.
However, after meeting with members of the Muslim community, the Missouri Students Association decided the film will be screened as originally planned, but promised an event to help 'cultivate an inclusive campus climate'.
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