And another one - see ya around pilgrim...

Orange County Democrats call for John Wayne Airport to be renamed

BY KAELAN DEESE - 06/27/20 12:52 PM EDT

Democratic officials in Orange County, Calif., are calling for John Wayne Airport to be renamed amid resurfacing racial comments the late Western movie star made decades ago.

On Friday, the Democratic Party of Orange County passed a resolution condemning the Duke for his past "racist and bigoted statements" he made during an interview with "Playboy" in 1971, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

The resolution called for the Orange County Board of Supervisors to remove Wayne's name, statue, and other likenesses from the international airport and "restore its original name: Orange County Airport."


"There have been past efforts to get this done and now we're putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change," said Ada Briceño, chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County.

The resolution states that Wayne's removal is part of a much larger movement to remove "white supremacist symbols and names [that are] reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues, and teams," according to the resolution document.

"It is widely recognized that racist symbols produce lasting physical and psychological stress and trauma particularly to Black communities, people of color and other oppressed groups," the resolution said, adding Orange County is more diverse than in 1979 when the airport was christened under Wayne's name.

Briceño said that the renaming could likely happen due to the changing party demographics of Orange County and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody.

"The numbers have grown since last year to where I believe we have something like 40,000 more Democrats than Republicans," Briceño said.

Another petition for renaming the airport has been posted online and has gained over 600 signatures.

The call for removing Wayne's likeness from the airport comes amid a resurfaced interview from the cowboy star, who was 63 at the time, saying: "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."

Coming after SRV statue and now The Duke's airport. Its almost "MLK beat up white hookers" billboard time. 

This is the line goddamnit.

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“I believe in white supremacy,” he said, and spoke harshly about African Americans, saying, “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks.”

“I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people,” he said.

Of slavery, he said that he didn’t feel any guilt about the U.S. history.

“I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves,” he said. “Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”

And he spoke harshly about Native Americans when asked whether he felt any empathy for them, given the centrality many of them played in the Westerns he had worked on.

“I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that's what you're asking,” Wayne said. “Our 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.”

There should be more airports named for him

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