Living in a free country in which public places are no longer segregated was once the hope and dream of millions of minorities. Today, though the U.S. is imperfect, this dream has been realized. There is no college, club, or city in which people of every race, religion, gender, and lifestyle cannot fully and freely participate. The blessings of the U.S. have been secured by her military might and commitment to freedom.
In 2015, it is that very military, conservatives, and their supporters who are routinely accused of racism based on no evidence whatsoever. Chris Kyle, deceased Navy SEAL sniper, was the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. “American Sniper”, a movie based on his life, has recently created a new series of allegations that Kyle was a “racist”. Kyle has been frequently quoted as calling the radicals he was fighting “savages”. What should one call individuals so intent on killing “infidels” that they would strap bombs to their own children? That behavior is savage. The color and/or religion of the perpetrator not withstanding.
MSNBC’s foreign correspondent has called Kyle’s sniper activities “killing sprees” and said he had racist tendancies. First, it is important to clarify that hating Muslims may be wrong, but it isn’t racist…Islam is a faith, not a race. Secondly, no American service member who has ever been called upon to take a human life in defense of his country should ever be referenced in the same manner as the murderers they are fighting. The job of a sniper is difficult, solitary, and necessary to save lives. Hero is the appropriate label for these men and women.
Author of the book “Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs” was often with the SEALS and Chris Kyle. He speaks very differently about the sniper. Walker references a brotherly relationship with Kyle and credits him with saving his life and the lives of his family. He mentions times when the pair would share dinner and talk about their families. Johnny Walker, self proclaimed Iraqi Muslim, even claims Kyle pointed him out to a crowd at a book signing once and that Kyle called Walker an “American hero.” Walker even says, “If you’re going to call Chris Kyle racist, then call me a racist too.”
Kyle sure doesn’t sound racist. It doesn’t even sound like a man who hates Muslims. No, Kyle’s “savages” were human beings who were behaving savagely toward other human beings. Chris Kyle, American Sniper, American hero. The End.
Written by Holly Rennels