California nixes John Wayne Day over claims of racism

john-wayne-401251_960_720For liberals, everything is racist, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and same-day shipping.  We can now add John Wayne to the ever-growing list of things liberals view as racist.

On Thursday, Breitbart.com reported that California lawmakers axed a measure to make May 26, 2016, John Wayne Day, in an effort to mark the day the iconic actor was born.

But comments he made in a 1971 Playboy interview outraged Democrats and the measure was defeated after 20 minutes of debate.

Playboy quoted Wayne as saying:

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.”

Harsh words, but remember, that was in 1971, not 2016 — 45 years ago — and attitudes were quite different back in those days.  One can only imagine what he would say about Black Lives Matter if he were still alive.

Breitbart added:

Several Republicans say Wayne is remembered worldwide as an American hero. They argued that lawmakers have honored others despite controversies that eventually clouded their legacies.

The measure was defeated 35-20.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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