People Have Accused the Late Chris Kyle of Being ‘Racist’ — They Clearly Haven’t Talked to This ‘Iraqi Muslim’

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | January 31, 2015 7:04 pm

I believe Chris Kyle referred to Islamic militants[1] in Iraq as “savages,” because that is what terrorists are. It doesn’t matter what their religion is, what their skin color or political bent is. Kyle’s interpreter, Johnny Walker, saved his life and the lives of other SEALs by accurately letting them know what was going on. Kyle shared his meals with Walker and thought of him as a brother and a hero. Good men recognize good men – just because you hate terrorists and you take them out to save others, does not make you a racist. It makes you exactly what Chris Kyle was – America’s greatest sniper and a hero of epic proportions. He was also a husband and a dad. The way he has been attacked before and after his death is cowardly and despicable. Kyle gave his life for all of us, the least we can do is honor him and his family for his sacrifice.

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From TheBlaze:

One of the repeated allegations made against legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is that he was “racist” because he referred to radical Islamic militants in Iraq as “savages.” Just on Tuesday, MSNBC’s foreign correspondent claimed that “some” people believe Kyle was open about his “racist tendencies[2]” as he went on “killing sprees” while serving in Iraq.

But on Friday, IJReview reportedly spoke to “Johnny Walker,”[3] who apparently worked with Navy SEALs, including Kyle, as an interpreter. The self-described “Iraqi Muslim” hit back strongly against claims that Kyle was a “racist” hellbent on killing Iraqis.

Walker claimed Kyle once told him that he trusted him with his life and later invited him to one of his book signings in La Jolla, an affluent suburb of San Diego.

“When Chris saw me at the event he left everyone and just came up to me and hugged me. Because he hadn’t seen me since 2007 and thought I could have died and had no idea where I was,” Walker told IJReview[4]. “After he signed the book, he was going to speak. Ten seconds into his speech, he said I am not an American hero. Johnny Walker is the American hero and then he made me stand up.”

“Then, he said that I saved more SEALs’ lives than him. Pointing at me, and I am an Iraqi Muslim. So how is this racist?” he added.

From IJReview[5]:

Sometimes I would forget to bring an MRE to a sniper mission. Chris would share his MRE and he would talk about family. If he was racist towards Muslims why would he share intimate details of his life with a Muslim? I don’t see that in any way as racist. I think the ones calling Chris Kyle racist are racists.

If you’re going to call Chris Kyle racist, then call me a racist too. At times we were on the base, Kyle would laugh with the other Iraqi soldiers and joke with them. Again, why would a racist engage in that behavior?

The insurgents had a $50,000.00 bounty on my head. Every time Chris Kyle killed an insurgent he saved my family, and the innocent Iraqi families too. Why would a racist man protect me and innocent Iraqi families?

Is it so strange that a white, Christian Navy SEAL and an Iraqi Muslim were friends? That Kyle would protect a brother in arms like Johnny Walker? Exactly who is racist here? In fact, we aren’t even really discussing race, we are discussing religion and terrorism. We are also talking about two, good, brave men who did all they could to save innocent people from the worst of those who prowl humanity. Let Chris rest in peace and respect him for what he did for us and respect his family who have had their world turned upside down. Chris did a job he had to do – it was no random killing spree. That is what terrorists do.

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