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Orange County Democrats push to rename John Wayne Airport because of ‘racist and bigoted statements’

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - In the latest move to change U.S. place names tied to racist groups and ideas, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend John Wayne’s name from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted comments.

The party’s executive committee in Orange County adopted a resolution last week condemning Wayne’s “racist and bigoted statements” in a 1971 interview.

The resolution calls on the county's board of supervisors to drop his name and likenesses from the international airport. An airport spokeswoman says the county has no plans to change the name, and Wayne's son says his late father was not racist.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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