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John Wayne’s son is speaking out after California Democrats in Orange County recently demanded that the county’s John Wayne Airport be renamed and all likenesses of Wayne be removed from the airport, over “racist and bigoted statements” made by the American icon decades ago.
In a statement to Fox News on Monday, Ethan Wayne said: “Let me make one thing clear — John Wayne was not a racist. I know that term is casually tossed around these days, but I take it very seriously. I also understand how we got to this point.
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“There is no question that the words spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years ago have caused pain and anger,” Ethan continued, referencing the late actor’s 1971 interview with Playboy. “They pained him as well, as he realized his true feelings were wrongly conveyed.”
In the 1971 interview, Wayne is quoted saying, “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.”
Fox News notes that in the same interview, Wayne, “said he felt no remorse for the subjugation of Native Americans.”
Ethan told Fox that people who knew Wayne understood that “he judged everyone as an individual and believed everyone deserved an equal opportunity” and that he “called out bigotry when he saw it.”
“He hired and worked with people of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations,” Ethan said. “John Wayne stood for the very best for all of us — a society that doesn’t discriminate against anyone seeking the American dream.”
John Wayne’s Family Says He’s Not Racist Amid Airport Naming Debate https://t.co/70zurD9ubY
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 29, 2020
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