Chivalry is dead in today's society, along with ideas of patriotism, civility, altruism, community service, and masculinity in its genuine sense. It comes as no surprise, then, that California lawmakers capitulated (yet again) to social justice warriors who might be offended if the State were to honor American icon John Wayne.
The Associated Press reports that 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." In fact, Wayne's iconic films The Alamo, The Green Berets and True Grit would send today's weak-kneed SJWs into an utter tailspin. And we couldn't have that now, could we?
Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper of Huntington Beach sought to declare May 26, 2016, as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born.
"He had disturbing views towards race," objected Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, leading off a 20-minute debate.
Alejo cited a 1971 interview with Playboy in which Wayne talked disparagingly about blacks.
"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," he told the magazine (http://bit.ly/1SwJCDa .)
Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, who is black, said he found Wayne's comments personally offensive.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, cited his comments defending white Europeans' encroachment on American Indians who Wayne once said "were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."
Wayne is just the latest "dead white guy" to become the Left's target. After all, it's now "official" that former President Andrew Jackson was nothing more than a slavemaster and Indian subjugator, and we can't have the face of folks like that on a $20 bill.
Similarly, President Woodrow Wilson came under fire at Princeton University when SJWs demanded his name be removed from a building because he was a "segregationist."
Harper, despite his good intentions lost his push to honor the Duke by a margin of 35-20.
"Opposing the John Wayne Day resolution is like opposing apple pie, fireworks, baseball, the Free Enterprise system and the Fourth of July!" he said later in a written statement.
Several lawmakers supported the resolution, recalling Wayne as an American hero whose family created a namesake cancer foundation after his death.
"He stood for those big American values that we know and we love," said Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach.
Indeed he did. But thanks to decades of left-wing perfidy, big American values aren't in fashion any longer.