Dr. Suzanne Barakat, the sister of one of the Chapel Hill shooting victims, on Friday listed Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War thriller “American Sniper” as part of the culture of Islamophobia in America.
“The day of the murders, an assemblywoman from the state I live in used the hashtag #StandUpAgainstIslam,” Barakat told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”
“And it’s currently an open season, a time where it’s an open season against Islam, Muslims in Washington, Muslims in the general media, dehumanizing Muslims in movies like ‘American Sniper,'” she added.
That same morning, Barakat told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the alleged killer Craig Stephen Hicks had flashed a gun at the victims, which included her brother Deah.
She also called statements from Chapel Hill police identifying the killings as part of a parking dispute “insulting, insensitive and outrageous.”
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