The Angels The California Democrats in Orange County passed a resolution calling for the removal of actor John Wayne from the name of the international airport and all other comments on it. The reason is Wayne’s alleged racist attitude, which the signatories substantiate with the actors’ statements from an interview conducted in the 1970s. The AP agency informed about it.
The resolution condemns Wayne’s “racist and intolerant statements” from a 1971 interview and calls on the district authorities to remove Wayne’s name, statue and other comments on him from the international airport. The airport is to return its original name to Orange County Airport.
The signatories consider the resolution to be “part of a national movement to remove racist symbols and names of people who professed the supremacy of the white race.”
Wayne, who made more than 170 films and was one of the biggest movie stars, died in 1979. In an interview with Playboy magazine in 1971, he said that he “believes in the superiority of whites until blacks take on the responsibilities that will provide them with an education.”
“I don’t think irresponsible people should be appointed to leadership positions and where decisions are made. “I don’t feel guilty that these people were slaves five or ten generations ago,” he said.
Regarding the fate of the North American Indians, he said he did not regret their enslavement. “I don’t think we made a mistake when we took this beautiful country from them. This so-called stealing from us was just a matter of survival. A lot of people needed land and the Indians wanted to keep it selfishly, “he said.
Wayne’s supporters find it wrong to judge actors as statements of such an old date and at a time when he can no longer defend himself.
The current widespread debate about racism, unrest, and the demolition of memorials to proponents of racist views in the United States was sparked by the May death of black George Floyd in a brutal crackdown by a white police officer.