~ ‘I believe in white supremacy’: John Wayne’s notorious 1971 Playboy interview goes viral on Twitter.
In February 2019, the lights started flashing on social media, 48 years later, about comments made by an entertainment icon, John Wayne. I had read about this a few years ago, his comments, just laughed back then, because it always amazed at how so many will get rich, live the high life off the backs of the very people they think less of, in the most ignorant way, the color of the skin. Now, we have the comments made by a Canadian icon, Don Cherry, that have stirred the pot….but 1st, here is the comments made by Mr. Wayne…
“I believe in white supremacy,” he said, and spoke harshly about African Americans, saying, “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks.”
“I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people,” he said.
Of slavery, he said that he didn’t feel any guilt about the U.S. history.
“I don’t feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves,” he said. “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.”
And he spoke harshly about Native Americans when asked whether he felt any empathy for them, given the centrality many of them played in the Westerns he had worked on.
“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that’s what you’re asking,” Wayne said. “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.”
In discussion about Wayne’s interview online, reactions were split — not just along political lines but with many expressing surprise that Wayne’s views were being given attention nearly 40 years after his death.
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His final film, The Shootist was in 1976, ending his acting career for 50 years, after appearing in, 169 feature length films.
Don Cherry’s life of stardom began in 1955. 64 years on a podium of some kind!
For myself, I think, does, or would, what John Wayne or Don Cherry’s opinions really matter to my daily life, what I think of myself, as a native american, my heritage being.. the FIRST PEOPLES..do I really care?.. No! It is not my job to go around changing what other peoples opinions are about any subject, all i can do, is keep bringing my own opinion to the table, a table where people actually sit and listen, not babble on what they think is my reality at any point in my own life, the life of my ancestors.
John Wayne and Don Cherry are 2 of many who feel the way, they publicly voiced, hell there is probably some one in every 2nd house in the neighborhood who feels the same, but that won’t stop me from living a life, being proud of who I am, where I come from and my culture as a whole.
At the end of the day, any one person’s opinion about any subject is just that.. their opinion! Don Cherry was paid to give his opinion once a week, on a sports network, about hockey.. so why should his personal opinion matter to myself or anyone else regarding anyone or anything else? It don’t to me.
He is in his 80’s now, surely has a hefty retirement account and because he got derailed for a personal opinion, regarding something else besides hockey, he got the boot.. Meh, oh well. I don’t think he really cares what others think of him or his opinions, yet here we are, after stuffing his pillow with the all mighty dollar, he sleeps like a baby…
He, like John Wayne do not have any importance in my life other than being in it for, entertainment value! I don’t support their personal opinions at the end of the day, the only thing I can do is keep teaching my children, my grandchildren what is morally right when it comes to anyone, no matter their race, color or religion or sexual preferences.. RESPECT!
Rest in peace John Wayne.. enjoy retirement Don Cherry! I hope the person you were or the person you are, was/is, able to look at the person in the mirror and feel good about how they lived/live along side their neighbor. I wish you peace!
Remember, what other people think of us, as individuals, is not our business! 😉
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