Renaming John Wayne Airport?

A political science associate professor and a social sciences associate professor (who are both former Democratic candidates for elected office) wrote an op-ed calling for the renaming of John Wayne Airport.  I condemn John Wayne’s 1971 comments, but historians remind us that we must judge people in the context of their times and the totality of their work.
John Wayne should not be banned any more than Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.  They are American classics, warts and all.  A mature society understands that great people may also have great flaws.  If we only erect monuments to perfect people, we would have no monuments left.  The OC Board of Supervisors is right to retain the name of John Wayne Airport.

Click here to read the liberal professors’ op-ed in the Voice of OC Pushing for the renaming of John Wayne Airport.