John Wayne's racist past prompts move to rename Orange County airport, Internet says name it after BLM leaders

One internet user wrote, 'Even if John Wayne wasn’t racist, I STILL wouldn’t name an airport after him. The Duke is an ashtray'


                            John Wayne's racist past prompts move to rename Orange County airport, Internet says name it after BLM leaders
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The Orange County Democratic Party has called out actor John Wayne for his "racist and bigoted" statements from the past and passed a resolution demanding the John Wayne Airport in Orange County be re-named. According to TMZ, Wayne had stated in one of his interviews from 1971, "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 had further stated that he doesn't “feel guilty about the fact that 5 or 10 generations ago these people were slaves." He had even made a few remarks referring to the indigenous Americans, saying, "I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them... There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."

The Orange County Airport was renamed John Wayne Airport in 1979 to honor his death, many years after he had made the horrific statements in the Playboy interview. The Democratic Party’s decision now has become a topic of discussion on Twitter as internet users took to the social media site to express their opinion about John Wayne airport being renamed. 

Many Twitter users seem content about the Aiport dropping the actor's name as they feel Wayne never deserved such an honor. One user said, "I don’t understand why is an airport even named after John Wayne!" Adding to the precious tweet another internet user wrote, "Even if John Wayne wasn't racist, I STILL wouldn't name an airport after him. The Duke is an ashtray."

Meanwhile, some users noted that they liked Wayne as an actor, but he could never be respected as a person when all his actions and words from the past are taken into consideration. "I really love a lot of John Wayne's movies but he was a racist piece of sh*t and a fascist. so yeah, f**king take his name off the OC airport." One Tweet was directed at the Orange County airport carrying the names of the Black Lives Matter revolutionaries and leaders. "Maybe we should rename everything after BLM leaders."

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