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John Wayne's Family Says He Was NOT A Racist, Would Have Pulled Officers Off Of George Floyd!

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By Mike Walters

John Wayne's family says the late actor was NOT a racist.

According to a statement, issued by the star's son Ethan Wayne, the famous actor did not believe in white supremacy and says his 'true feelings' were 'wrongfully conveyed' in the now-infamous Playboy interview.

"Let me make one thing clear -- John Wayne was not a racist. I know that term is casually tossed around these days, but I take it very seriously. I also understand how we got to this point," he began.

He continued, "There is no question that the words spoken by John Wayne in an interview 50 years ago have caused pain and anger. They pained him as well, as he realized his true feelings were wrongly conveyed."

John Wayne's Family Says He Did Not Believe In 'White Supremacy'

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The famous cowboy sat down with Playboy back in 1971 and was quoted saying, "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."

But, Ethan says, "The truth is, as we have seen in papers from his archives, he did not support 'white supremacy' in any way and believed that responsible people should gain power without the use of violence. Those who knew him, knew he judged everyone as an individual and believed everyone deserved an equal opportunity."

The Wayne family says, "He called out bigotry when he saw it. He hired and worked with people of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations. John Wayne stood for the very best in all of us -- a society that doesn't discriminate against anyone seeking the American dream."

OC Democratic Party Calls Playboy Interview, "Racist And Bigoted Statments"

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According to reports, the problematic interview is part of the reason the Orange County Democratic Party recently passed a resolution, calling it"racist and bigoted statements" and are now demanding O.C. Board of Supervisors rename the airport which is named after him.

FYI -- A giant bronze statue of the 'Duke' now stands in the center of the airport terminal.

"It would be an injustice to judge him based on a single interview, as opposed to the full picture of who he was. The current focus on social justice is absolutely valid and necessary. But attempts by some to use it for political advantage distract from real opportunities for reform," Wayne's son said.

He Would Have Saved George Floyd?!

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Shockingly, John Wayne's son had this to say about the current situation surrounding the death of George Floyd -- "One thing we know -- If John Wayne were here today, he would be at the forefront of demanding fairness and justice for all people. He would have pulled those officers off of George Floyd, because that was the right thing to do. He would stand for everyone’s right to protest and work toward change."

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