In an interview on his latest film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”, actor Denzel Washington said four words that have liberals up in arms—”it starts at home,” (via BizPacReview).
“It starts at the home,” Washington said. “It starts at home. 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,” he went on. “It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”
Washington elaborated on his opinion in a second interview, in which he discussed the lack of father figures within many black communities.
“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 told Reuters.
The film that Washington’s currently promoting features “an idealistic defense attorney whose beliefs are tested when he joins a new firm,” according to BizPacReview.
The film’s director, Dan Gilroy, expressed a sentiment popular in the racial grievance industry, telling Reuters the United States criminal justice system is inherently racist.
“Our prison system needs reform at a fundamental level,” Gilroy said. “We have the highest incarceration rate of any place in the Western world. … It’s not racially equal, it’s not socio-economically equal.”
Responses from liberals on Twitter indicated that they weren’t too pleased with Washington’s recent interviews:
Fun fact: Denzel Washington has been cast as an officer of the law sixteen times. https://t.co/FbwHSBgtmm
— jonjon moore (@hoodqueer) November 24, 2017
And to think…about this time last year, I used to like him.
Over these bourgeoisie ass public figures using their platforms to perpetuate these toxic ass respectability politics. https://t.co/yMHwn0bLeG
— Marq (@_hoemo) November 24, 2017
Sometimes I wish some of my favorite rappers/singers/actors/actresses wouldn't talk and simply stick to their artistry. https://t.co/Iy9fgJWiD4
— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) November 24, 2017
#DenzelWashington was in "Malcolm X", "Hurricane", "He Got Game", "Fences", … and now he's reading from the same Nothing-to-See-Here script everyone else has. It's not about not having a dad. Crime is need driven. Have you met America's hiring managers? How about our police? https://t.co/mO5jzE7TUG
— Frank Micko (@FrankMicko1) November 25, 2017
How did you get to play Malcolm X and still fix your face to say some dumb shit like this? https://t.co/xLZ7bX6C6l
— 🅰️ Ohmylantifa 🅰️ (@WillPowellArt) November 24, 2017
Denzel Washington says "Don't blame the prison system", so it's blk ppls fought we are the victims of White Supremacy 🤣 boy I tell ya these rich niggas ain't trying to lose their spot in Massa House
— Gen. Sheikh Rashad (@sheikh_rashadx) November 25, 2017