Republican California lawmaker Matthew Harper grew up being a John Wayne fan, and he thought he’d found the perfect way to honor the legendary Hollywood icon by pitching a day devoted to him in his home state. Unfortunately, liberal nitwits had other ideas…
“John Wayne was an important part of California’s history, and is especially important for Orange County,” the assemblyman said Thursday from the floor of the legislative chamber as he pitched his resolution to make May 26 John Wayne Day across California, in honor of the late actor’s birthday. “John Wayne represents values like self-reliance, patriotism and determination.”
According to The Washington Post, the assembly voted against this resolution by a vote of 35-20 after a heated debate ensued about comments Wayne made about minorities.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, started with Wayne’s support of the Communist-chasing House Un-American Activities Committee and extreme right-wing John Birch Society before asking Harper if he had a favorite quote from the western star that he’d like to share. Harper replied by citing this one: “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.” Alejo, however, had something different in mine.
Alejo pulled out a quote of Wayne’s from a 1971 Playboy magazine article which read:
“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.”
Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, then read out another quote from the Playboy interview:
“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.”
Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, who is African American, also spoke out against the potential holiday.
“I think when we come here to support a resolution, it’s something we believe in, it’s something we can wrap our arms around,” he said. “Certainly his movies are one thing, but in terms of his private life, and also his views, I find them very offensive.”
Others rushed to Wayne’s defense, praising his commitment to helping Vietnamese refugees re-settle in the United States and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. They pointed out that he was given the Congressional Gold Medal in 1979 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980.
“He stood for those big American values that we know and we love,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach.
“Recognize that not any one of us is only the product of our worst feelings or statements, we are all much much more than that,” said assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine. “The point of this resolution is to recognize the symbolic importance of John Wayne and the persona that he projected for us and for our nation. Every one of us is imperfect.”
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