SANTA ANA, Calif.
Within the newest transfer to vary place names in mild of U.S. racial historical past, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Occasion are pushing to drop movie legend John Wayne’s identify, statue and different likenesses from the county’s airport due to his racist and bigoted feedback.
The Los Angeles Instances reported that earlier this week, officers handed an emergency decision condemning Wayne’s “racist and bigoted statements” made in a 1971 interview and are calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to drop his identify, statue and different likenesses from the worldwide airport.
The decision requested the board “to revive its authentic identify: Orange County Airport.”
“There have been previous efforts to get this carried out and now we’re placing our identify and our backing into this to verify there’s a identify change,” stated Ada Briceño, chair of the Democratic Occasion of Orange County.
In accordance with those that crafted the decision, the hassle to oust Wayne, a longtime resident of Orange County who died in 1979, is a part of “a nationwide motion to take away white supremacist symbols and names (which are) reshaping American establishments, monuments, companies, nonprofits, sports activities leagues and groups.”
In a 1971 Playboy journal interview, Wayne makes bigoted statements in opposition to Black individuals, Native People and the LGBTQ group.
“I imagine in white supremacy till the blacks are educated to a degree of accountability. I don’t imagine in giving authority and positions of management and judgment to irresponsible individuals,” he stated.
Wayne additionally stated that though he didn’t condone slavery: “I don’t really feel responsible about the truth that 5 or 10 generations in the past these individuals have been slaves.”
The actor stated he felt no regret within the subjugation of Native People.
“I don’t really feel we did unsuitable in taking this nice nation away from them. … (O)ur so-called stealing of this nation from them was only a matter of survival,” he stated. “There have been nice numbers of people that wanted new land, and the Indians have been selfishly making an attempt to maintain it for themselves.”
Wayne additionally referred to as motion pictures comparable to “Simple Rider” and “Midnight Cowboy” perverted, and used a homosexual slur to discuss with the 2 primary characters of the latter movie.
Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner informed the newspaper that he had simply heard in regards to the Democratic decision and was unaware of its wording or advantage.