About John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport is a commercial airport located in Orange County, California, and also serves the Greater Los Angeles area. The airport is situated in a distinct area of Orange County. The country itself owns and operates the airport.
Orange County Airport was the original name of the airport. But the Orange Country Board Of Supervisors renamed the airport in 1979 in the honor of actor John Wayne. He lived in neighboring Newport Beach and died that year. A statue of John Wayne was also made at the airline terminal in 1982.
Democratic Leaders want the Airport To Be Renamed
Democratic leaders in Orange Country are done with John Wayne. They want to clear Wayne’s name and likeness from the airport. The Democrats also want to revert to the old name: Orange County Airport. Though the current Black Lives Matter movement has given that idea a push, this isn’t the first time for this issue to come in highlights.
Wayne’s interview with Playboy magazine in 1979, laid out disgraceful injustice towards Black people and Native Americans.
In the interview, he said, “I believe in white supremacy,”. And, “I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
John Wayne’s son responds to the decision calling for John Wayne Airport to be renamed
Most importantly, John Wayne’s son is speaking out after California Democrats in Orange Country recently demanded to rename the county’s John Wayne Airport and to remove all the affinity of Wayne from the airport, over “racist and bigoted statements” made by the American icon years ago.
In a statement to some news channel 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”.