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The Democratic Party of Orange County in California wants to send the “Duke” riding off into the sunset for good.

Party leaders are demanding the removal of actor John Wayne’s name from the local airport due to the “racist and bigoted statements” that the Hollywood star made in a 1971 magazine interview.

In a resolution issued on Friday, they are calling for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana to revert back to its original name, Orange County Airport.

“O​range County is now a diverse region far different from the time when John Wayne was chosen as namesake for the airport,” the party said in its resolution.

There have been several attempts in recent years to rename John Wayne Airport. But the latest effort from O.C. Democrats is the first to invoke the recent Black Lives Matter protests, which have targeted historic statues and monuments around the country for destruction and removal.

“A national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names is reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues and teams,” the O.C. Democrats said. “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 party said the removal of racist symbols “provides a necessary process for communities to remember historic acts of violence and recognize victims of oppression.”

John Wayne gave an interview to Playboy magazine in 1971 in which the Oscar-winning actor made comments that O.C. Democrats now view as “racist and bigoted.”

Here is the section of Wayne’s interview that has incited the most controversy:

“With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. 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.”

O.C. Democrats also called Wayne “anti-LGBT” and “anti-Indigenous.”

In the 1971 interview, Wayne described the movie Midnight Cowboy as a “a story about two f*gs.” The Western star was also asked if he felt empathy for Native Americans.

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

John Wayne Airport was given its current name in 1979 in honor of the True Grit actor who died that year and was a local resident. It is the largest airport in Orange County, which owns and operates it.

The O.C. was once a Republican stronghold. But it turned blue during the 2018 midterm elections, with all of its congressional districts now represented by Democrats.

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Stephen Russell July 2, 2020
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signed petition for keeping John Wayne name on Airport FYI
Intellectual Impaler June 29, 2020
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Rename it Marion Morse airport.
fedup June 28, 2020
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don't our politicians have something better to do? grow up even childern aren't that petty.
GEORGE EADY June 28, 2020
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WELL THAT IS THE PROBLUM WITH THEM DAM DEMOC-RATES . JOHN WAS A GRATE MAN AND ACTOR . HE WOULD HAVE TOLD TODAYS DEMCORATES TO GO AND _UCK THEM SELFS . THEY WONT TO PUT JW DOWN FOR THE SAME REASON THEY COME AFTER TRUMP . THEY HAVE NEVER HAD ANY ONE EVEN NEAR THESE 2 (MEN ). IN THERE PARTY OR ON THERE SIDE . 99 PERCENT OF THE TRASH IN HOLLWWOOD TODAY. IS BOUGHT BY THE DNC. AND HOLLY WOOD IS IN A FREE FALL . JEST LIKE THE SPORTS WOULD . WOW JEST MAYBE SOMETHING GRATE WILL COME OUT OF THIS VIRUS . SINCE WHEN THE VIRUS IS GONE . THE PEOPLE WONT BE COMEING BACK ???
Gerry June 28, 2020
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Total fkn morons !!!!
Cyn June 28, 2020
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Personally I believe, there wasn’t a “racist” comment in the statement. What he said in 1971 was true and intelligent.
Bill Fauerbach June 28, 2020
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People have lost their minds. Running scared. Afraid to offend the 13% of the US population! This will continue unfortunately. Aunt Jemima - Gone Uncle Bens - Gone Land o Lakes butter - Gone Eskimo Pie - Gone Mrs. Butterworth’s - Gone New Orleans Dixie Beer - Gone Cream of Wheat - Gone John Wayne Airport - Gone Confederate Flags - Gone Cop Cartoons - Gone Gone with the Wind - Gone Toy Story - Gone Elmer Fudd Shotgun - Gone Legos Police toy - Gone Law Enforcement - ???? John Wayne Airport - Gone Woodrow Wilson at Princeton University - Gone Many, Many statues and portraits of GREAT americans - Gone Dixie Chicks name - Gone Lady Antebellum name - Gone Cartoon Heckel & Jeckel - Gone COPS - Gone Live PD - Gone Paw Patrol cartoon - Gone Atlanta Braves & FSO - Tomahawk chop - Gone Nestle is rebranding its Red Skins, Chicos and Beso de Negra (which in Spanish means "kiss from a black woman") What's next???? > White Bread will now be called, Plain Bread > Saltine Crackers will not be called Wafers > Dixie cups and plates called ??? cups & plates > Supermarket chain, Winn Dixie will now be called Winn Food Store > Beach Boys - changing possible to the Beach People > Black Sabbath may change to Dark Sabbath > Guns N Roses may change to Kisses and Roses > The Black Crowes to the All American Crowes > Huckleberry Finn may be gone > Andy Griffith Show may be gone > Cracker Barrel - may be changing their name These are 10 of the most controversial, offensive sports team names in US history The Ethiopian Clowns The Dickinson State Savages The Pekin High School Chinks The Frisco Fighting Coons The Coachella Valley High School Arabs The Wahpeton Wops The Aboriginal All-Stars The St. Bonaventure University Brown Squaws The Orofino High School Maniacs The London Rippers
Stan Harrison June 28, 2020
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You can't apply today's WOKE standards to anybody from the last century. Kennedy said negro, LBJ said worse, Red Foxx was also racist against anyone that wasn't black .Richard Pryor was also a racist . Helen Keller was a socialist . Where do we stop .
Marilyn June 28, 2020
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How many slaves did he own, this got way out of craze. The whole dam country has lost its mind. Where are the normal American at if I wasn’t old and I would do something.
BWH June 28, 2020
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Orange County “turned blue” in 2018 because of ballot harvesting. They just happened to find enough Democrat votes AFTER the polls closed for the Dems to win.
JaneDoe June 28, 2020
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I'm Hispanic American and I find it offensive that these idiots want to remove his name. This is being racist against Latinos/Hispanics. Latinos/Hispanics should have a problem with it. He married Latin/Spanish women and had children that were bi-racial. The man was not only an excellent actor and a legend, he was a great father and husband. He's someone Latino/Hispanic men should aspire to. He was a great provider and a family man. Even divorced, he always included his ex-wives and always brought his children to movie locations for vacations. He didn't care to be in the Hollywood limelight, he just cared about providing for and raising his children. He also was and continues to be a major contributor to his foundation, that helps cancer patients while doctors find a cure. The man should be given more credit for being an excellent human being.
LST June 28, 2020
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Fucking asshole, that man is a legend, actors like him are no longer made.
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