"Cancel Culture" Comes At John Wayne & Gandhi Now

First a columnist with California’s Orange County Register newspaper calls for the renaming of the local aiport named after John Wayne because he says the late actor was a “white supremacist”.

David Whiting who is the Metro Columnist at paper writes:

“at a time in which the pain of racism arises all too often, (John) Wayne’s beliefs are something Orange County, and particularly our elected officials, can no longer ignore. Yes, I’m talking about changing the name of an airport with the initials JWA....
Three years ago, the California Legislature voted down a proposal to name Wayne’s birthday, May 26, “John Wayne Day.” The reason? Wayne’s views on race. In 1971, Wayne opened up in a lengthy Playboy magazine interview. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks”...
He was just a loud and proud, um, bigot....
It’s enough to turn your stomach, perhaps even enough to boycott John Wayne Airport. 
What was OK in 1978 when supervisors named JWA is not necessarily OK in today’s world — and perhaps it never should have been acceptable. When I drive by or fly out of John Wayne Airport, a place most of us simply refer to as “John Wayne,” I don’t always think about the actor and his dark statements. But when I do, I am troubled. For many people it’s worse. Being forced to buy and carry around an airline ticket that unavoidably honors someone’s racism is an insult.” 

As for Gandhi, from NPR, “While Gandhi is deeply revered as a spiritual and political leader, people are now scrutinizing his sexual practices and his early writings in South Africa, which many black Africans are calling racist”...

From the NPR piece:

“When Martin Luther King Jr. visited the villa in Mumbai, India, where Mohandas Gandhi stayed in the 1920s, he had a special request: He wanted to spend the night in Gandhi's bedroom.It was 1959, 11 years after Gandhi's death...
Now, six decades later, manyblack Africans are calling Gandhi a racist. #MeToo activists are questioning his sexual practices. Hindu nationalists are rejecting Gandhi's vision of a pluralistic India that is strengthened by diversity...
In 1903, when Gandhi was in South Africa, he wrote that white people there should be "the predominating race." He also said black people "are troublesome, very dirty and live like animals."There's no way around it: Gandhi was a racist early in his life, says his biographer Ramachandra Guha...
Gandhi championed women in politics. But he was also obsessed with his own celibacy. In his late 70s, before he died at 78, he slept naked with his grandniece when she was in her late teens. He said he wanted to test his willpower to abstain from sex.Nowadays, most people would call that abuse. Some question whether the young female was capable of giving consent as a minor to a man who was so revered and so much more powerful than she.”

This is where we are in 2019, everything that doesn’t comport to contemporary standards must be eliminated.It’s very reminiscent of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s where mobilized the youth (the Red Guards) to stamp out and eliminate, often through violence, the Four Olds: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.

Well then, let’s play this game of going through history and cancelling everyone who made disparaging comments or took the “wrong” actions involving gays or minorities. We can start with Abe Lincoln and add to that list MLK Jr., LBJ, FDR, JFK, the list goes on... 

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