So John Wayne is a racist now?
Are we insane or what? Just saw this story out of California about John Wayne:
What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.
The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society.
To be honest, I am a lot more familiar with John Wayne's movies than his political affiliations. It may be true that he made statements years ago that were not suitable for framing, as they say. However, so have others, including Democrats like the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia or President Woodrow Wilson.
John Wayne is a symbol of the legendary West or the cowboy culture. He is arguably the best known cowboy in the world. His movies are watched today in a number of languages. Wayne is one of the most popular Americans of all time. Do you hear any people of color objecting to his movies? (Not to mention that two of his three wives -- Esperanza Baur and Pilar Pallete -- were Latinas.)
So what's going on here? What would drive a state legislator to pick on John Wayne?
My good guess is that this legislator does not like American history or he or she sees our past as a racist one. Everything is about "racism" with many in the left.
Furthermore, all of this obsession with racism is not solving real world problems in California. Maybe state legislators in California should show this kind of hostility against the teachers' union holding back black and Hispanic kids in lousy schools or the Obama stimulus that did nothing to stimulate the state economy.
We are going insane in the U.S. and the left is leading the way. Thank God I don't live in California and can celebrate John Wayne every day.