12:41 PM PDT 06/27/2020
The resolution refers to the “views of the white, anti-LGBT and anti-indigenous supremacy” of the late actor.
The Orange County Democratic Party this week demanded in a resolution that the name, statue and other images of John Wayne be removed from the local airport.
The document cites “a national movement to remove the symbols and names of white supremacy is reshaping US institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues, and teams, as it is widely recognized that racist symbols produce stress and Lasting physical and psychological trauma, especially in black communities, people of color and other oppressed groups, and the removal of racist symbols provides a necessary process for communities to remember historical acts of violence and recognize victims of oppression. “
He clarified that there are “numerous calls” to remove John Wayne’s namesake from the airport due to his “white supremacist, anti-LGBT and anti-indigenous views.”
The article refers to a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine quoting Wayne saying “I believe in white supremacy” and “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or ten generations ago these people were slaves.”
The Orange County Democratic Party suggests that the airport simply be restored to its original name, Orange County Airport.
Wayne died in 1979, with credits in many westerns such as The seekers and True Grit, for which he won an Oscar in 1970.