John Wayne’s Racist Statements

The facts: But Wayne’s quote is real; it originally appeared in a May 1971 interview with Playboy magazine in which Wayne was responding to a question about whether Angela Davis, a counterculture activist, communist, and professor, was discriminated against by those who wanted to revoke her teaching credentials:

Wayne responded: “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.”

When asked about his own hiring practices, Wayne said that while he did not discriminate against black actors or crew members, he didn’t seek them out either:

“I’ve directed two pictures, and I gave the Blacks their proper position. I had a Black slave in The Alamo, and I had a correct number of Blacks in The Green Berets. If it’s supposed to be a Black character, naturally I use a Black actor. But I don’t go so far as hunting for positions for them. I think the Hollywood studios are carrying their tokenism a little too far. …”

The Playboy interview contained one other quote that is frequently shared in meme form, reports. The quote was in response to Playboy’s question of whether Wayne felt any empathy for Native American for subordinate roles in Westerns:

“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.”

These feelings and other publicized statements came back to prevent Wayne from being recognized by the state of California. In April of last year, Republican state assemblyman Matthew Harper of Huntington Beach wanted to declare May 26 as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born. But other legislators mentioned Wayne’s views. The proposal fell by a 35-20 vote.

But also remember this he-man didn’t serve in World War II like`fellow macho man Ted Nugent didn’t serve in ‘Nam.

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4 thoughts on “John Wayne’s Racist Statements”

  1. Ah, the 70’s….when you could you still harbor racist, misogynistic views without being called out on them. By the John Wayne standard, I suppose you could be a misogynist and remind women of their place. No Internet or social media to butcher your image online.

    No CCTV cameras to watch your dick moves while you’re trying to grab some pussy. I believe 50% of my game has been ruined, in the last decade, due to the omnipresence of CCTV cameras. Another 20% due to indoor smoking bans.

    Back then, some people even thought rape wasn’t real; anyway, women brought it upon themselves by enticing men.

      1. As with most wars, that wasn’t Americas fight. I generally agree with his views, though Whites were healthier back then.

        1. Argument is irrelevant. They just simply didn’t want to fight a war – they would vote politically to support.

          But you know the funny thing about it? I’d make an incredible army man. I’d be a colonel before you knew what hit you, and I’d have the baddest bunch of motherfuckin’ killers you’d ever seen in my platoon. But I just wasn’t into it.

          Really, Ted? 😆

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