Taya Kyle, American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Widow, Pens Letter to Protesting NFL Players
Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle, has written a letter titled ‘Dear NFL’, in which she asks players who’ve chosen to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial inequality to think about the way football fandom unites people of all backgrounds and use their platform in a more positive way.
In the letter, Kyle highlights the shared experiences of fans, writing, “You were doing your part and we were doing ours. We showed up cheering and groaning together as one. We talked in the concession lines and commiserated and celebrated our team together. Did it ever occur to you that you and we were already a mix of backgrounds, races and religions? We were already living the dream you want, right in front of you.”
“You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division,” she continues. “Will we stand with you? Will we stand with our flag? What does it mean? What does it mean if we buy a ticket or NFL gear? What does it mean if we don’t? It is the polar opposite of the easy togetherness we once loved in football.”
Kyle goes on to say the NFL has “lost her”, but if they ever want to “get off [their] knees and get to work on building bridges,” they should let her know. She then shares her perspective as someone who has founded an organization to affect positive change, volunteering her free time to work on issues close to hear heart.
You can read the entire letter below.
What do you think? Has Taya Kyle hit the nail on the head, or is there something to be said for the NFL anthem protests? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.