An Iraqi interpreter who worked closely with Chris Kyle, the inspiration behind Clint Eastwood’s film “American Sniper,” says that the late Navy SEAL sniper wasn’t racist, despite recent claims.
Since the worldwide release of “American Sniper” earlier this month, people have been outspoken in their dislike of the movie and the way it paints the main character, played by actor Bradley Cooper. Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sniper whose story the movie tells, has also been criticized for his job as well as who many say he was as a person prior to his death. Among recent accusations hurled at the late military man were claims that he was open about his racist views and frequently went on “killing sprees” while serving in Iraq.
Despite those claims, an “Iraqi Muslim” man named Johnny Walker, who allegedly worked with the Navy SEALs, specifically Kyle, as an interpreter, is speaking out, saying that the sniper was the farthest thing from racist.
“When we had a sniper mission, he would watch the targets,” Walker told the Independent Journal Review. “Then, sometimes I would go take care of something and he was never afraid that I was returning with my M4 and grenades. And not just Kyle, all the SEALs I worked with.”
Walker went on to describe how he once saw Kyle at an event for his book, the same book the movie is based off of, and the sniper said that he trusted him with his life.
“Kyle said I trust Johnny Walker with my life,” Walker claimed. “When I came to America, I got invited to Chris’s book signing in La Jolla. 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. 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,” Walker continued. “Pointing at me, and I am an Iraqi Muslim. So how is this racist?”
“If you’re going to call Chris Kyle racist, then call me a racist too,” Walker bluntly stated. “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?”
Walker went on to address those who have openly criticized the Navy SEAL, asking them to have more respect for the late sniper.
“People should be respecting and honoring him. It hurts Taya, his brother, his dad, his children, his whole family and everyone in the SEAL community when people say such things about a man like Kyle,” Walkder said. “He treated me, an Iraqi Muslim, like a brother. So everyone needs to give him the respect that he fully deserves, and finally let the man rest in peace.”