Denzel Washington Under Attack After Telling Black Americans to Stop Blaming the System


In an interview that’s infuriating liberals all over social media, actor Denzel Washington said that African-Americans “can’t blame the system” for black incarceration rates.

Instead, the Academy Award-winning actor said that family and personal responsibility were more important factors in the high rates of incarceration and recidivism.

“It starts at the home. It starts at home,” Denzel told the New York Daily News at the Manhattan premiere of his new film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

“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,” Washington 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 added, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

“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,” Washington continued.

“But it’s about the formative years. You’re not born a criminal.”

Needless to say, the outrage patrol quickly mobilized on social media.

“The ruling class.” Very Marxist!

Yes, apparently, if one emphasizes family, culture and personal responsibility as opposed to that darned racist power structure, you’re wallowing in “ignorance” and you think “you’re more exceptional than the rest of ‘them.’”

There’s absolutely nothing here that Washington should be under fire for. He pointed out that strong families prevent crime and that fathers need to step up and raise their children. This is true whatever your color is. It’s always been true. It will always be true.

In 2010, former U.K. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith noted that children from broken homes were more than nine times likelier to commit crimes than their counterparts from complete nuclear families and that seven of 10 offenders came from single parent homes.

A 1987 study from the Department of Justice among juvenile offenders in America similarly found that “(a)bout 70% of the juveniles and young adults did not live with both parents while they were growing up.” A 1994 study in Wisconsin found that only 13 percent of juvenile offenders lived with both parents, according to The Atlantic.

And it’s not just prison. In 1994, Sara McLanahan at The American Prospect noted that children from single parent households “are twice as likely to drop out of high school, 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers, and 1.4 times as likely to be idle — out of school and out of work — as children who grow up with both parents. Children in one-parent families also have lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, and poorer attendance records. As adults, they have higher rates of divorce.

“These patterns persist even after adjusting for differences in race, parents’ education, number of siblings, and residential location,” McLanahan added. 

Washington was simply speaking up in defense of the facts — some very unpopular facts with the left, it must be noted. Unpopularity, alas, does not make a fact any less accurate or any less salient.

If the cultural left wants to keep arguing with the facts, they are free to do so. However, there is no safe space from reality — as Denzel Washington just proved.

H/T Breitbart

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