Orange County Democratic Party has filed a decision to take away actor John Wayne’s title from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, citing the late actor’s previous “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views.”
The officers handed an emergency decision this week calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to drop Wayne’s title from the airport and rename it, merely, to Orange County Airport.
The decision was submitted by the Orange County Democratic Party chair Ada Briceño, together with Chapman University members Fred Smoller, affiliate professor of Political Science, and Dr. Michael A. Moodian, lecturer of management research.
“There have been past efforts to get this done and now we’re putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change,” Briceño informed the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the information of the decision.
The proclamation is a part of the bigger motion sweeping the nation through which citizens-led protests have known as for the removing of Confederate statues, monuments and different namesake legacies, and through which companies and Hollywood media firms have reassessed previous racist content material.
The politicians particularly cite an interview Wayne gave to Playboy Magazine in 1971 the place he was quoted as saying that he did “believe” in “white supremacy” and added that he didn’t “…really feel responsible about the truth that 5 or 10 generations in the past these individuals have been slaves. Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s only a reality of life, like the child who will get childish paralysis and has to put on braces so he can’t play soccer with the remainder of us.”
“With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks,” Wayne stated partially in his 1971 interview. “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
Wayne additionally stated within the interview that he didn’t really feel regret for Native Americans shedding their land on the hand of white colonists.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that’s what you’re asking. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves,” he stated within the interview. “Look, I’m sure there have been inequalities. If those inequalities are presently affecting any of the Indians now alive, they have a right to a court hearing. But what happened 100 years ago in our country can’t be blamed on us today.”
He additionally known as films like “Easy Rider” and “Midnight Cowboy” as perverted.
“Wouldn’t you say that the wonderful love of those two men in ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ a story about two f—, qualifies? But don’t get me wrong. As far as a man and a woman is concerned, I’m awfully happy there’s a thing called sex. It’s an extra something God gave us. I see no reason why it shouldn’t be in pictures. Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.”
The decision cites a current survey of Orange County residents saying that “79% of respondents see the county’s increasing ethnic diversity as a source of great strength.”
Two of the authors of the decision, Moodian and Smoller, wrote an op-ed earlier this week calling for the removing of the statue of Wayne that resides on the airport and known as for the title to be modified, and a separate petition on Change.org calling for the title change has acquired over 700 signatures at time of writing.
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