ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Apparently, proponents of the establishment-left are finding something new to be outraged over – and this time it’s about an airport named after “The Duke” himself.
Leaders within the Democratic Party of Orange County are said to be demanding that John Wayne’s name be removed from the local airport because of a near-50-year-old interview Wayne had.
More Woke Panic. https://t.co/QEQ6jxtXYp
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 28, 2020
The center of the modern controversy dates back to 1971, eight years before the famous movie star would pass away from stomach cancer, where Wayne was being interviewed by Playboy magazine.
The interview in question did host some unsavory aspects about some of Wayne’s views, and the following excerpt seems to be the most offensive given the current discourse throughout the country:
“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.”
California Democrats Demand Removing John Wayne’s Name From Airport https://t.co/nXx24zs1fM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 28, 2020
During the same interview, Wayne also referred to the movie “Midnight Cowboy” as being “a story about two fags,” which has not aged well either.
Some have also taken offense to Wayne saying “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them,” when asked about his stance on Native Americans during the 1971 interview.
Here we go. https://t.co/kmDxa45TEW
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 28, 2020
Obviously, the manner in which Wayne phrased his sentiments at the time aren’t exactly something people would reflect kindly upon today. However, context is rather important, in that these are the words of a man who was born in 1907.
While the Civil Rights Act had already gone into effect seven years prior to the interview, we’re still reflecting on a single interview of someone who was born seven years before World War 1 even started.
Democratic officials want to remove John Wayne’s name from airport https://t.co/lY9xqx3Lxb
— WPXI (@WPXI) June 28, 2020
In turn, a recent resolution was passed by the DPOC that called for the removal of John Wayne’s name and subsequent likeness be removed from the local airport, and to revert the name to the Orange County airport.
According to this resolution, the following was mentioned in reference to Wayne’s name being attributed to the airport:
“The Democratic Party of Orange County condemns John Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport.”
Most would realistically be hard-pressed to avoid saying that Wayne’s words weren’t insensitive, but they were just representative of a time long ago as well. If one were to obliterate everything that could be tied to disparaging remarks, sentiments of the past, and so on – the country wouldn’t be left with much history at all.
It’s official. America has gone full pussy. https://t.co/CTL0rVThAV
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) June 28, 2020
However, there were some aspects about John Wayne that were what some would have called “progressive” while he was in his youth. In June of 1933, while Wayne was still in his 20s, he’d married Josephine Alicia Saenz (who was of Panamanian descent) after dating her for seven years.
History is complex, and not every aspect of it would live up to the standards of modern political correctness. There were some bright spots, and of course dark periods within American history as well as world history overall.
But at what point will the modern mob of the perpetually offended be satisfied?
In recent weeks, the country has bore witness to countless acts of vandalism against homages, statues and monuments of historical figures due to vandals being upset that said figures happened to be a product of their time.
Earlier in June, protesters were said to have declared an area not far from the White House as being the “Black House Autonomous Zone.”
First, though, they attempted to topple over a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette park, our nation’s seventh president. While doing this, the crowd shouted:
“Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson’s got to go!”
BLACK AUTONOMOUS ZONE FORMING OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSEhttps://t.co/LRmZLQzE5U
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) June 22, 2020
Hundreds of protesters linked arms as police arrived to disperse the crowd.
“U.S. Park and D.C. police used a chemical irritant to disperse the crowd and officers were hit with objects. Jackson is known for his treatment of Native Americans and is the latest historical figure to draw the ire of protesters demanding monuments and memorials to those with racist pasts be taken down.
Rioters in Lafayette Square in Washington DC are trying to topple over a statue of President Andrew Jackson
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 23, 2020
“Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. Secret Service asked reporters to leave the White House grounds nearby. The specific reason wasn’t clear.”
BREAKING: Anarchists attempting to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in front of the White House pic.twitter.com/xRrRQIuHY0
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 23, 2020
The crowd threw things at police, including one woman throwing a folding chair, which hit an officer on the line.
Not entirely sure but this cop was taken off the line after apparently getting injured. Seems like he got hit by a chair (not positive): pic.twitter.com/tbVsUSwd87
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 23, 2020
Approximately 150-200 U.S. Park and D.C. police were there to get things under control.
Rioters smashed the wooden wheels on four canon statues at the base of where Jackson sits atop his horse.
It’s about time DC police showed up to stop the mob. If Muriel Bowser won’t allow the police to do their job, @realDonaldTrump should deploy federal law enforcement to protect this 168-year-old statue and every other landmark in our nation’s capital. https://t.co/J6RUDTEbYh
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 23, 2020
In setting up this “BHAZ,” rioters used orange and white barricades originally erected by police, as well as chain link fences and overturned dumpsters.
Looks like another autonomous zone is springing up — this one outside the White House. Protesters are fortifying barricades in what they’re calling “BHAZ” – Black House Autonomous Zone. Wonder how long President Trump will allow this to last on his doorstep. pic.twitter.com/60jK7Qj3iM
— Ebony Bowden (@ebonybowden) June 22, 2020
St. John’s Episcopal Church, sometimes referred to as the Church of the Presidents, was spray painted with “BHAZ” along its columns.
St. John’s Church has been vandalized with spray paint reading BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone) pic.twitter.com/8D7UITVTK0
— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) June 23, 2020
As stated above, reporters were not allowed in the area while the Secret Service and police attempted to gain control of the situation.
K street and 15th Street. A block from where the bhaz I street closure is. pic.twitter.com/1OD7GBSw7M
— Dr. Robert Ciprian (@drciprian) June 23, 2020
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