SANTA ANA, California (AP) – In the final step to change place names in light of the racial history of the US, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party insist on the name, statue and other likenesses of movie legend John Wayne of the airport of the province because of his racist and bigoted comments.
The Los Angeles Times reported that earlier this week officials passed an emergency resolution condemning Wayne’s “racist and bigotry” in a 1971 interview and calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to leave his name, statue and other parables of the international fall airport.
In the resolution, the board was asked “to restore the original name: Orange County Airport.”
“Attempts have been made in the past to accomplish this and now we are putting our name and support into this to ensure that a name change takes place,” said Ada Briceño, president of the Orange County Democratic Party.
According to those who drafted the resolution, the attempt to expel Wayne, a longtime Orange County resident who died in 1979, is part of “ a national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names (those) from American institutions, monuments, reform companies, non-profit organizations, sports leagues and teams. “
In a 1971 Playboy magazine interview, Wayne makes bigoted statements against black people, Native Americans, and the LGBTQ community.
He said, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are given a responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and leadership and judgment positions to irresponsible people. ‘
Wayne also said that although he did not approve of slavery, “I don’t feel guilty that these people were slaves five or ten generations ago.”
The actor said that he did not regret the submission of Native Americans.
“I don’t feel we have done anything wrong by taking this amazing country away from them. … (O) your so-called stealing this land from them was just a matter of survival, ”he said. “There were many people who needed new land, and the Indians tried to keep it selfish.”
Wayne also called movies like “Easy Rider” and “Midnight Cowboy” perverted, and used a gay slur to refer to the two main characters of the last movie.
Orange County regulator Don Wagner told the Times that he had just heard about the democratic resolution and was unaware of its wording or merits.
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