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Denzel: Blacks should not blame ‘the system’ for high black incarceration rate

“It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them”

(National SentinelCriminal Tendencies: Mega-star Denzel Washington has some advice for young black men and others who claim the American system of justice is skewed against them: It’s not.

“It starts at the home,” Washington told reporters at the New York premiere of his upcoming film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

In his new film, Washington plays an ambitious defense attorney whose beliefs begin to be tested in the aftermath of joining a new law firm.

Washington, 62, told the NY Daily News his latest role did not change the views he has on the justice system. Rather, he said the film actually repeated what he’s long believed is the root cause of so much black male incarceration.

“It starts with how you raise your children,” he said. “If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.

“So you know I can’t blame the system,” Washington continued. “It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”

In an interview with Reuters, Washington reflected on the issue during his formidable teenage years.

“I grew up with guys who did decades (in prison) and it had as much to do with their fathers not being in their lives as it did to do with any system,” he said.

“By the time we got to 13, 14, different things happened,” Washington recalled. “Now I was doing just as much as they were, but they went further.”

“I just didn’t get caught, but they kept going down that road and then they were in the hands of the system.”

While progressives like the film’s director, Dan Gilroy, continue to portray the justice system as inherently racist, Washington doesn’t seem to agree.

“It’s about the formative years,” he said. “You’re not born a criminal.”

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2 Comments on Denzel: Blacks should not blame ‘the system’ for high black incarceration rate

  1. Rubbish It is absolutely a white supremacist nation fundamentally and its Freudians penis envy at the root if it all too

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  2. i appreciate that washington put himself in harms way to make these statements. he will be attacked for it. and that’s a shame. because the basic part of the statement is true no matter what color/race/religion you are, fathers are good for kids.

    i think people like washington would have more sway with their own communities if they didn’t live in rich, white neighborhoods though.

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