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."