Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington should expect some blowback from his latest comments during the premier for his new film, Roman J. Israel, Esq. As the film centers on the criminal justice system, Washington is being asked to weigh in on its reform, especially with mass incarcerations in the inner city. But instead of raising a black power-fist and blaming “the system,” Washington points the finger to the exact spot most on the Left don’t want to hear:
“It starts at the home. 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. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”
Washington expounded with his own upbringing:
“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.
“By the time we got to 13, 14, different things happened. 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.”
Meanwhile, leftists insist the system is rigged by systemic racism which disproportionately punishes minorities. But there’s no “system” making them pull the trigger, sell drugs, or carjack their neighbor. It seems Washington understands the heart of the matter -- something Hollywood progressives can't.
Here’s the trailer for his film, which includes a nice jab at gender and sexism: