In an interview with the New York Daily News during the premiere of the film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” actor Denzel Washington said that African-Americans “can’t blame the system” for black incarceration rates because family and personal responsibility play more significant roles when it comes to incarceration.
“It starts at the home. It starts at home,” Washington said. “It starts with how you raise your children. 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. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them,” he added.
“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 continued. “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.”
“But it’s about the formative years. You’re not born a criminal,” he concluded.
Needless to say, the liberal keyboard warriors on Twitter didn’t take too kindly to Washington’s comments.
#DenzelWashington 's comments were not only irresponsible, but DANGEROUS for black Americans. White supremacists use talking points like this to justify harming us in these streets. But Denzel is too busy soft shoeing to know any better…. pic.twitter.com/FQMxb3uWye
— THE Classy Gentleman (@gdbell87) November 27, 2017
This is what happens when you spend a lifetime believing you're more exceptional than the rest of "them". How people bought his "refined man" b.s for years is still stunning to me. #DenzelWashington https://t.co/jo6FxFmsYx
— K.D Williams (@kdwilliams) November 25, 2017
The grotesque historical revisionism enabled by el penedejo #DenzelWashington & his tired revival of respectability politics is a sign of fear & desperation by bourgeois entertainersOC because they see the changes & have no intellect to comprehend as jesters of the ruling class.
— sonny bono (@xicanism) November 25, 2017
Liberals can get as triggered and upset about this as they want to, but the unpopular truth of the matter is this: Washington simply spoke the truth!
Sorry, not sorry.