Due to the racist and paranoid comments of the movie legend, the Orange County, California Democratic Party is pushing to remove John Wayne’s name and statue from the county’s airport.
The Orange County Democratic Party passed a resolution last week condemning Wayne’s “white supremacist, anti-LGBT and anti-indigenous views”, which he put forward in an interview in 1971.
The resolution required the county’s board of supervisors to restore the original name of the international airport: Orange County Airport.
The resolution states: “Orange County is now a diverse area, very different from the era when John Wayne was selected as the airport’s co-celebrity.” It cited a recent annual survey that showed 79% of respondents The county’s growing ethnic diversity is considered a “source of strong power”.
Ada Brisenio, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, said: “An international airport that receives millions of people every year should not be named after someone whose beliefs are against the values of equal opportunity and justice for everyone in our country.”
This effort is part of the “National Campaign to Remove White Supremacist Symbols and Names,” which is “reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, sports leagues, and teams, as it is well known that racist symbols will Prolonged physical and mental pressure, especially the trauma to the black community, people of color and other oppressed groups, and the removal of racist symbols provide the necessary procedures for the community to remember historic violence and recognize the victims of oppression. “
The politics in the county, which has been a stronghold of the Republican Party for decades, changed last year. Data from the Orange County Voter Registrar show that there are 607,024 to 567,665 more Democrats registered than Republicans.
Wayne is a long-term resident of Orange County. He died in 1979 at the age of 72.
In April 2016, after critics expressed concern about the paranoid speech against blacks, Native Americans and members of the LGBTQ community, a resolution in memory of Wayne was passed in the California State Assembly. A Republican MP tried to declare May 26, 2016 as John Wayne Day, to commemorate the actor’s birth date.
In an interview with Playboy magazine in 1971, Wayne said: “We cannot suddenly kneel and succumb and give everything to the leadership of the black people. I believe that white people are supreme until the black people are educated. I do not believe in giving no Responsible people use authority and leadership skills and judgment.”
He also said that although he did not tolerate slavery, “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that these people were slaves five to ten generations ago.”
Wayne also called the movies “Easy Driver” and “Midnight Cowboy” perverted, and used gay insults to refer to the latter’s two main characters.
When asked if he had sympathy for American Indians, Wayne said: “I don’t think it’s wrong for us to take this great country away from them, this is what you have to ask. What we call Stealing this country from them is just a matter of survival.”
He added: “There are many people who need new land, and the Indians are selfishly trying to keep their land.”