The California Democrats are pushing to rename John Wayne Airport for racist and homophobic statements by the actor.
Wayne, who died in 1979, once said he was not guilty of slavery, claimed that Native Americans “selfishly” tried to keep land to himself, and used homophobic insults.
Democrats in Orange County now want to delete the film legend’s name, statue, and other similarities because of the great comments from Santa Ana Airport.
During a nationwide venture, the place names are changed and statues are dismantled in the light of US race history.
The Orange County Democrats want to remove all statues and other similarities from the late actor from John Wayne Airport and rename him because of his racist and bigoted comments
You have asked the Orange County Board of Supervisors to change John Wayne’s name to Orange County Airport as part of a nationwide venture into US race history
The Los Angeles Times reported that officials passed an emergency decision on Friday condemning Wayne’s “racist and bigoted statements.”
“Efforts have been made to achieve this in the past, and we are now using our name and support to ensure that the name is changed,” said Ada Briceño, leader of the Orange County Democratic Party.
According to those who drafted the resolution, the effort to oust Wayne, a long-time resident of Orange County, is part of a national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names that American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits and sports reshape leagues and teams.
They added that it is generally accepted that racist symbols cause permanent physical and psychological stress and trauma, especially for black communities, colored people and other oppressed groups, and that removing racist symbols is a necessary process for communities to cling to historical ones Recall acts of violence and recognize victims of oppression ”.
It adds that the county is a more diverse region than when Wayne gave the airport its name.
The resolution called on Orange County’s regulatory agency to remove its name, statue, and other similarities from the international airport and “restore its original name: Orange County Airport.”
The airport was named after The Duke after his death in 1979 at the age of 72.
The film legend made great statements against blacks, Indians and the LGBTQ community in an interview with the 1971 Playboy that had recently reappeared
Wayne was a long-time resident of Orange County, but the district’s Democrats, in a resolution, argued that the region has changed ethnically since his life
The resolution cited an interview with Playboy magazine from 1971 in which Wayne made bigoted statements against blacks, Indians and the LGBTQ community.
He said: “I believe in the predominance of whites until the blacks are brought up to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and leadership and judgment to irresponsible people. ‘
Wayne also said, although he did not tolerate slavery, “I do not feel guilty that these people were slaves five or ten generations ago.”
The actor added that he had no regrets in submitting Native Americans.
“I don’t think we were wrong to take this great country away from them. … (O) Your so-called theft of this country from them was just a matter of survival, ‘he said.
“There was a large number of people who needed new land, and the Indians selfishly tried to keep it to themselves.”
The Santa Ana international runway was first referred to as John Wayne Airport after his death in 1979
Wayne also called movies like “Easy Rider” and “Midnight Cowboy” perverse, and used a gay arc to refer to the two main characters in the latter film.
He was 63 when he made the comments.
Orange County supervisor Don Wagner told The Times that he had just heard about the democratic resolution and knew nothing of its wording or merit.
This is not the first time that the airport has been renamed.
It was also targeted in early 2019 when Wayne’s words were widely distributed online in the Playboy article.
Those who are against Wayne’s renaming claim cannot be judged by his comments because he lived in a different era.
According to the Times, Wayne was a political power broker in Orange County after spending much of his adult life there.
Here he is also buried.