For decades, to many people around the world, John Wayne represented the best of America: strong, courageous, selfless, tough, and fair.
To some, John Wayne was America. But John Wayne was also a man of his times. He had stereotypical views of blacks, women, and other minorities. And in today’s woke culture, that’s reason enough to cancel him.
Democrats in Orange County, Calif., have passed a resolution demanding that John Wayne Airport be renamed and that Wayne’s “name and likeness” be removed from the Orange County airport.
Liberals have hated John Wayne for decades, despising his unabashed, pro-American patriotism. Now, they think they have the muscle to erase him from history.
The resolution, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, calls on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to reverse the 1979 decision to rename it after Duke, and cites remarks he made in a 1971 interview with Playboy.
“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 said in that interview nearly 50 years ago.