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Politicians call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views

Politicians call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views

John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change spearheaded by democratic politicians due to the Hollywood icon’s racist views.

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The airport was renamed to honour the actor, who lived nearby, after he died in 1979.

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Now the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

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John Wayne holding a rifle in a publicity photo for the movie Shepherd of the Hills. More The resolution includes statements which “condemns John Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements,” calling them “white supremacist, anti-LGBT and anti-Indigenous”

The resolution states: “It is widely recognised that racist symbols produce lasting physical and psychological stress and trauma, particularly to Black communities, people of colour and other oppressed groups, and the removal of racist symbols provides a necessary process for communities to remember historic acts of violence and recognise victims of oppression.”

The actor, best known for his leading roles in Western films, made several racist statements in a 1971 interview with Playboy Magazine, even admitting he was a believer in white supremacy

The statue of John Wayne at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) More