California Democrats Pass Resolution to Remove John Wayne's Name From Airport

Ameera Butt
June 28, 2020 - 9:41 am

The Democratic Party of Orange County wants to remove the name of movie star John Wayne from the airport - and a statue and any likeness of him - because of his past racist comments.

According to a story from the Associated Press which cites the Los Angeles Times, the officials passed a resolution due to "Wayne’s 'racist and bigoted statements' made in a 1971 interview and are calling on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to drop his name, statue and other likenesses from the international airport."

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They want the name to be the "Orange County Airport."

The OC Democrats are also sharing an online petition for removal of the name:

The AP story reports that Ada Briceño, chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, said there have been past efforts to get this done.

The move comes as other places across the country are trying to dismantle statutes and remove racist and white supremacist names from the public including the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Virginia earlier this month.

Mississippi is voting to remove a racist Confederate battle emblem from its state flag today.

The comments from Wayne were in a 1971 Playboy interview (as found via a February 2020 Chicago Tribune story) where he made racist comments against Blacks, Native Americans and the LGBTQ communities.

The AP story reports that in the Playboy interview, Wayne said "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."

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