Sunday, January 23, 2022

‘I Believe in White Supremacy’: John Wayne’s 1971 Racist Interview Resurfaces – Sound Familiar?

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*John Wayne was a huge movie star and an even bigger racist/white supremacist. Yeah, dude, errr, “The Duke,” didn’t mind telling you where he was coming from. Straight up in yo’ face!

He proved that in a May, 1971 interview with Playboy magazine that’s making news because it was recently stumbled upon by Twitter user Matt Williams, who came to this correct conclusion: “Jesus f–k, John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit.”

The bigger than life actor, stated in the interview that he was apologetically in favor of white supremacy, saying that black people weren’t “sufficiently equipped scholastically” to be in charge of others.

Yeah, he went there.

“We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of blacks,” Wayne said in the interview in response to a question regarding Angela Davis and discrimination.

When asked if he was “equipped to judge this,” you know the response was gonna be a jaw dropper:

“It’s not my judgment. The academic community has developed certain tests that determine whether the blacks are sufficiently equipped scholastically. But some blacks have tried to force the issue and enter college when they haven’t passed the tests and don’t have the requisite background.”

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He goes on to argue it would be no good to register anybody in a class of higher algebra or calculus “if they haven’t learned to count.”

“There has to be a standard. I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves,” he reasons. “Now, I’m not condoning slavery. It’s just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can’t play football with the rest of us.”

“I will say this, though: I think any black who can compete with a white today can get a better break than a white man. I wish they’d tell me where in the world they have it better than right here in America.”

Although the Golden Globe and Oscar winner expressed his support for African American actors, he told Playboy that he casts them in what he deems to be “proper” roles.

“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,” he said. “But I don’t go as far as hunting for positions for them. I think the Hollywood studios are carrying their tokenism a little too far.”

Of course his bigotry wasn’t just for blacks. Nope, he had a huge problem with “selfish” Native Americans, too. He spoke to his belief that there was nothing wrong with the “so-called stealing” of indigenous land, because at the time, it was “means for survival.”

“There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves,” he said.

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Since Wayne was born in 1907, some folks wanna give him some slack for his racisim ’cause there wasn’t much enlightenment back in in his era. Unfortunately, the same kind of backward ass thining still exists. See the orange a-hole in the White House for an example.

“Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as ‘tokenism’ pretty much tells me sh*t hasn’t changed one bit,” one Twitter user wrote. Tweeted another, “It doesn’t matter if John Wayne has been dead for 40 years, this kind of hate speech has no place in our society.”

The three-time Oscar-nominee was born Marion Mitchell Morrison in 1907, and died aged 72 in 1979.

And there’s this ass-wipe trying to justify Wayne’s racism:

 

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