Denzel Washington just went from being one of the most loved actors in Hollywood to being one of the most hated, at least by the African-American community. The actor has begun taking fire on social media after he made some comments telling black citizens to stop blaming “the system” for their failures.
From Conservative Tribune:
[T]he 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.”
What do you think? Is Denzel right? Do you think that people aren’t “born” criminals, and that the behavior is taught? Can it be beaten and can an African-American in this country overcome the stereotypes and actually make something of themselves?