The University of Michigan has reversed its Muslim-appeasing decision to cancel a screening of the film “American Sniper” after provoking a massive backlash and prompting students to circulate a petition on campus accusing the school of censorship.
The university did this…
…because of this:
Fortunately, the student backlash against this decision got it reversed.
Red Alert Politics “It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie ‘American Sniper’ on campus as part of a social event for students,” University of Michigan vice president for student life E. Royster Harper said in a statement Wednesday. “The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters.”
The film screening will go on as originally planned Friday night as part of the UMix late night activities series, however the school will host an “alternative” screening of the PG-rated film “Paddington” in a separate location on campus to provide “additional options” for students made “uncomfortable” by “American Sniper.”
The university’s Center for Campus Involvement initially cancelled the event after 300 students and some faculty members signed a letter asking the school to scrap the film showing because “American Sniper” propagates “negative and misleading stereotypes” of Muslims.
The campus organization was met with plenty of backlash for doing so. A petition to reinstate the screening circulated the university Wednesday, garnering more than 500 signatures in just over 13 hours.
Rachel Jankowski, a student at the University of Michigan Law School who started the petition, told Red Alert Politics in a statement, “Universities should be places where students can express diverse ideas and engage in open debate and dialogue, even if it might make some feel uncomfortable.” Jankowski describrf herself as “extremely proud” of the university for reversing its decision.
Even Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh jumped to the defense of “American Sniper” and freedom expression in a tweet.