John Wayne’s Family Says He’s Not Racist Amid Airport Naming Debate

John Wayne’s Family Says He’s Not Racist Amid Airport Naming Debate

“There is no question that the words spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years ago have caused pain and anger. at least according to his son, who just weighed in on the controversial debate about renaming the Orange County airport that bears his name. I also understand how we got to this point.”

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Remember, John told Playboy way back in 1971 … “John Wayne was not a racist. John’s son, Ethan Wayne, says he’s trying to set the record straight on the famous cowboy actor, who some say is a racist and bigot and doesn’t deserve to have his name on the SoCal airport. Ethan says of his father … They pained him as well, as he realized his true feelings were wrongly conveyed.”

In the family statement, Ethan goes on to say his dad “did not support ‘white supremacy’ in any way and believed that responsible people should gain power without the use of violence.”

John’s son is also evoking George Floyd’s name to defend his father, saying … Board of Supervisors rename the airport. 6/29/2020 2:22 PM PT

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John Wayne was NOT a racist … I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”

The infamous quote is one of the reasons the Orange County Democratic Party recently passed a resolution, calling out John’s “racist and bigoted statements” and demanding the O.C. “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. He would stand for everyone’s right to protest and work toward change.”

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Ethan says it would be an “injustice” to judge John based on a single interview, and says the big picture paints a much different picture of his dad, who he says “called out bigotry when he saw it.”

John’s son also points to his lasting legacy, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, and says his name will always embody courage, strength and grit. “He would have pulled those officers off of George Floyd, because that was the right thing to do. I know that term is casually tossed around these days, but I take it very seriously. Ethan says …