You NEED to read this letter to the NFL by Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya. It. Is. Awesome.
Will this heartfelt letter change the minds of the NFL ‘Take A Knee’ crowd?
Chris Kyle’s widow has stepped up and said what needed to be said. The League has COMPLETELY missed the point, AND they have undermined their own social usefulness in the process.
When the league collective ‘took a knee’, she answered ‘you have lost me here’. And she speaks for a lot of (former) fans who share her perspective.
‘Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport,’ Taya Kyle wrote in a letter on her Facebook page.
Here is the letter in full:
You were doing your part to bring people together and heal the world.
That’s really how healing works.
We heal by loving each other and leading by example; showing people what is possible when we love each other just as we are and not only recognize our differences but celebrate them and look at how we can use them together to make us jointly better than our separate parts.
You were doing your part celebrating each other based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regard to color and religion.
You were doing your part and we were doing ours. We showed up cheering and groaning together to 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.
Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport.
Football was really a metaphor for our ideal world –different backgrounds, talents, political beliefs and histories as one big team with one big goal – to do well, to win, TOGETHER.
You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division.
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.
It was simple – we loved you and you loved us – with all of our races, religions, different backgrounds and politics.
Simplicity in a crazy world was pretty awesome.
You dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.
If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know.
I have found screaming about the problems in service marriages or even standing in silence in front of them, hasn’t healed even one of them.
On the other hand, funding the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, building a team and rolling up my sleeves to get in the trenches during my ‘off time’ -volunteering there outside of my paying jobs – has proven to make real change.
You have a lot of strong guys, I am sure in the off season a lot of them could build some pretty big bridges if they care enough to do the hard work.
That would involve getting off their knees and getting to work though.
I can do it while I raise two kids as their only parent and work through the greatest pain of my life, let’s see if they can do it for the issues they say they care so much about.
Go Longhorns and Sic ‘Em …
“Asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choice of division” — the athletes have turned sports itself into some sort of a political litmus test.
If you still don’t understand the point she’s making — because Leftists and pundits have been working VERY hard not to — think back to ANY International sporting event that captured the national imagination.
The Olympics are the best example, but not the only one. America and her fans are unlike their counterparts in any other nation there. Have you noticed?
In those few minutes, the things that bring us together became more important than whatever may threaten to pull us apart.
Singing the anthem at the beginning of an event was a beautiful moment that could bring us all together, whoever we are.
Immigrant and Native-born.
Democrat and Republican.
Atheist and Devoutly Religious.
Urban and Rural.
For one bright moment, we remember how the songwriter looked over the battlefield to see that ‘our flag was still there’.
We were un-hyphenated Americans.
You have politicized that. You have hijacked it. You have tainted it.
And for what?