Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Ada Briceño, the Chair if the Democratic Party of Orange County has teamed up with Fred Smoller, Associate Professor of Political Science, Chapman University and Dr. Michael A. Moodian, Lecturer of Leadership Studies, Chapman University (both great gents I have known for years) to propose a party resolution to rename “John Wayne Airport” back to “Orange County Airport.”

My personal preference would be to rename it the “Santa Ana Airport.” Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio reiterated this in a a Facebook post, writing that the County should go “with its official SNA historic airport designation”

The problem with John Wayne stems from an old interview he did with Playboy. Here are a few excerpts from that interview:

  • PLAYBOY: What kind of films do you consider perverted?
  • WAYNE: Oh, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy—that kind of thing. Wouldn’t you say that the wonderful love of those two men in Midnight Cowboy, a story about two fags, qualifies? But don’t get me wrong. As far as a man and a woman is concerned, I’m awfully happy there’s a thing called sex. It’s an extra something God gave us. I see no reason why it shouldn’t be in pictures. Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.
  • PLAYBOY: Angela Davis claims that those who would revoke her teaching credentials on ideological grounds are actually discriminating against her because she’s black. Do you think there’s any truth in that?
  • WAYNE: With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. 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.
  • PLAYBOY: Are you equipped to judge which blacks are irresponsible and which of their leaders inexperienced?
  • WAYNE: It’s not my judgment. The academic community has developed certain tests that determine whether the blacks are sufficiently equipped scholastically. But some blacks have tried to force the issue and enter college when they haven’t passed the tests and don’t have the requisite background.
  • PLAYBOY: How do they get that background?
  • WAYNE: By going to school. I don’t know why people insist that blacks have been forbidden their right to go to school. They were allowed in public schools wherever I’ve been. Even if they don’t have the proper credentials for college, there are courses to help them become eligible. But if they aren’t academically ready for that step, I don’t think they should be allowed in. Otherwise, the academic society is brought down to the lowest common denominator.
  • PLAYBOY: But isn’t it true that we’re never likely to rectify the inequities in our educational system until some sort of remedial education is given to disadvantaged minority groups?
  • WAYNE: What good would it do to register anybody in a class of higher algebra or calculus if they haven’t learned to count? There has to be a standard. I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves. Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us. I will say this, though: I think any black who can compete with a white today can get a better break than a white man. I wish they’d tell me where in the world they have it better than right here in America.
  • PLAYBOY: That’s hardly the point, but let’s change the subject. For years American Indians have played an important—if subordinate—role in your Westerns. Do you feel any empathy with them?
  • WAYNE: I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that’s what you’re asking. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.

Read the interview for yourself. Wayne says some awful things about a lot of people.

I don’t know of any other public airport named for a racist homophobic actor. Do you?

It most certainly is time to change the name of John Wayne Airport. But I doubt our Republican-dominated O.C. Board of Supervisors will do anything about this.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

3 thoughts on “The O.C. Democratic Party wants to change the name of John Wayne Airport”
  1. I’m all for the entire democratic party
    packing up and moving out….. if you don’t like
    John Wayne country MOVE !! The board of
    supervisors will be recalled if they try to take
    the name away… i think all of you democrats
    and your BLM have lost your minds…

  2. He’s dead and that interview was for sure years ago. The problem is the snowflake syndrome going around.

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