The University of Michigan canceled a planned screening of the Iraq war drama American Sniper after students complained that the film promotes "anti-Muslim rhetoric" and "sympathizes with a mass killer."
The students' online letter of protest calls Chris Kyle, the film's subject, "a racist who took a disturbing stance on murdering Iraqi civilians," and states that "watching this movie is provocative and unsafe to MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) and Muslim students who are too often reminded of how little the media and world values their lives."
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"The impact of the content [of American Sniper] was harmful, and made students feel unsafe and unwelcome at our program," The University of Michigan said in a statement.
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