Orange County Democratic Party officials Saturday are demanding the name of iconic actor John Wayne be removed from the airport due to his “racist and bigoted statements,” according to a resolution.

The resolution stated: “There have been numerous calls to remove John Wayne’s namesake from Orange County’s airport because of Wayne’s white supremacist, anti-LGBT and anti-Indigenous views, which were shared in part in a 1971 interview, where Wayne is quoted saying, `I believe in white supremacy’ and `I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago, these people were slaves.”’

The authors of the resolution said that now is the time to make the change. “A national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names is reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues and teams, as 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.”

The resolution called on the Orange County Board of Supervisors to restore the airport’s original name, Orange County Airport.

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