Democrats in Orange County have formalized their demand to rename John Wayne airport.
On Friday, the party has passed a resolution which includes the removal of statues, photos, and all likenesses of Wayne removed from the airport because he was racist and a bigot.
“The Democratic Party of Orange County condemns John Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ [sic] name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport,” the resolution said.
The democrats cited statements the late Hollywood actor made in a 1971 interview with Playboy.
“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 said 49 years ago.
Another quote had him say: “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves.”
The John Wayne airport is the latest in the long list of federal monuments, statues, and buildings to come under threat. Liberals across America are protesting to have racist or oppressive statues and monuments torn down, while a number of them have already been defaced or toppled.
Orange County Democratic Party Chairman Ada Briceño said this isn’t the first time someone has asked to rename the airport. This time, she said, “ we’re putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change.”
The Democrats are using a Chapman University survey to back up their petition. The survey revealed that 79% of residents believe that Orange County’s ethnic diversity is a source of great strength for the region.
Having an airport named after a famous Hollywood actor who looks down on other ethnicities, including Native Americans, is not ideal.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. … [O]ur 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,” Wayne said in the same Playboy interview.
The actor starred in dozens of hit movies, including “Stagecoach” in 1939 and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” in 1962.
He died in 1979 and Orange County named the airport after him shortly after that.