ORANGE (CBSLA) — Orange County Democrats are calling on the OC Board of Supervisors to change the name of John Wayne Airport, citing the late Hollywood star’s “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views.”

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The resolution, issued on Friday, also calls for the airport’s original name, Orange County Airport, to be reinstated.

OC Democrats referred to Wayne’s famous 1971 interview with Playboy Magazine.

In that 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.”

He also said that he didn’t condone slavery, but: “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves.”

The famous film cowboy also made controversial comments about Native Americans in the interview.

“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,” he said. “There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”

The OC Democratic Party says the resolution is part of a “national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names… [that produce] lasting physical and psychological stress and trauma, particularly to Black communities.”

Airport officials have declined to comment, saying it’s up to the board of supervisors to decide on any name change.

This story has been updated.

Comments (13)
  1. Rich says:

    Why can’t we live in the present. To go back to the past and change our history is ridiculous. I am sure if John Wayne lived today he would comment differently. Get a life

    1. C. Lewis says:

      How do you know? Trump’s old butt has not changed!!!

    2. C. Lewis says:

      I think it should be renamed Caesar Chavez Airport! This was a true Californian who fought for the rights of our essential workers!!!

  2. Cancel Culture Needs To Be CANCELED!!!

  3. Marc M. Pijuan says:

    Democrat Party is so associated with slavery and racism from the past that it need to be destroyed. The Democrats refuse to end slavery and also shared in the belief of the KKK.

  4. Victor says:

    Democrats = Hypocrites of the worst kind

  5. derekcrane says:

    Wait until the LGBTQILSMFT crew finds that John Wayne believed that men cannot menstruate or get pregnant!

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