Politicians demand John Wayne airport change its name for actor’s racist comments

By Richard Hack

Though no one gave it much thought when, in 1979, Orange County, California renamed its airport after Oscar winning actor John Wayne who lived in nearby Newport Beach. Now he is on the lips of a lot of local democrats who want the place renamed and any likeness of him removed over “racist and bigoted statements” made by the American icon decades ago calling them “white supremacist, anti-LGBT and anti-indigenous.”

The resolution states: “It is widely recognized that racist symbols produce lasting physical and psychological stress and trauma, particularly to Black communities, people of color and other oppressed groups, and the removal of racist symbols provides a necessary process for communities to remember historic acts of violence and recognize victims of oppression.”

 

 

 

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist. He Is LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings' Vice President of Content and Executive Editor of lgbtqloyalty.com.

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