We are looking forward to the Sisterwives new season debuting this Sunday, November 18th! The Browns are a family for which we hold a tremendous amount of respect. Having endured much scrutiny ourselves, we understand what they have risked personally and emotionally to be so open. We met the Brown’s before they became public and knew them to be sincere, devout and devoted to their family.
We felt our own emotional trauma as the Browns realized the great fear and threat of prosecution from State authorities; this threat caused them to suffer separation from their culture and community. We also stood in admiration as they unwaveringly went forth to fight against injustice by suing the state of Utah for recourse. They did this quietly without making it about their television show or attention, simply about what is right.
The Browns have consistently put their lives under a microscope for all to see. Whether it was the challenging situation of bringing Robyn into the family as the fourth wife, the birth of a new baby, or growing up and college decisions for their children, they have handled all of this with candor and class. Their openness has challenged so many stereotypes. Families can be fragile and are never perfect but they are about unconditional love, commitment, and possibility which the Browns represent so well.
For our family, the journey becoming public began about eleven years ago, with the death of our daughter Kyra and the investigation that followed. It became very apparent that our plural family and the stereotypes that surrounded polygamy were a factor in the investigation. We were extremely afraid of what would happen to our other children and also very angry about the biases that existed toward us simply because we were a plural family. We vowed from then on to be a force for educating people from polygamous cultures about their rights and also educating the public about whom plural families really are. We started cautiously giving presentations in Utah to our local service providers such as police officers, child services, university groups and educators. This led to further presentations in Texas, Arizona and Nevada as well.
In 2006 when Warren Jeffs showed up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, we found ourselves once again being defined nationally by someone that did not represent who we were at all. Together the four of us made a decision to open our lives further. We appeared on news programs from Anderson Cooper 360 to Larry King Live and Oprah.
Realizing we had just begun to make a difference, in 2011 we debuted our book Love Times Three, the first ever memoir of a polygamous family. While promoting the book, our family appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20 and Dr. Phil. Since that time we have averaged about one media interview per week. It has been difficult at times to share such deeply personal experiences of our lives, but we have been touched by the outpouring of support.
More recently, our journey toward equality and understanding has taken us back to television. We will make a guest appearance this season on TLC’s Sisterwives. It was a privilege meeting up with the Browns again and we had a great time! There will likely be many similarities between the Dargers and the Browns, and there will certainly be many differences. Each family has their own unique way of facing life’s challenges. At the end of the day, remaining a strong family takes commitment and standing for those you love. We hope you will join us.