John Wayne’s son is appalled by calls for to take away the film icon’s identify from an Orange County, California airport over his alleged ties to racism.
Local politicians have known as for a rebranding of the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana over feedback the late actor made concerning the black, Native American and LGBTQ+ communities in a 1971 interview with Playboy journal.
During the chat the True Grit star reportedly stated, “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 additionally stated he felt no regret within the subjugation of Native Americans, sharing, “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them … Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival.” Wayne additionally used a homophobic slur.
But Wayne’s son, Ethan, insists his father was not a racist, stating, “I do know that time period is casually tossed round today, however I take it very severely. I additionally perceive how we obtained thus far.
“There isn’t any query that the phrases spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years in the past have prompted ache and anger. They pained him as properly, as he realized his true emotions had been wrongly conveyed… He did not support white supremacy in any means and believed that accountable individuals ought to achieve energy with out using violence.”
And recalling the dying of George Floyd final month, which sparked the latest Black Lives Matter protests towards police brutality, Wayne’s son provides, “He would have pulled those officers off of George Floyd, because that was the right thing to do. He would stand for everyone’s right to protest and work toward change.”