Stating his common sense opinion that the disintegration of the black community is due in large part to the fatherless homes black youth grow up in, Denzel Washington was immediately attacked on Twitter by clueless liberals and blacks wrapped up in the victimhood mentality, always searching for someone else to blame.
Denzel is right! Pre-Great Society, LBJ’s reinvented plantation where blacks were and are trapped in a generational cycle of dependency that also freed young black fathers from any responsibility to raise their children, is very much to blame for the societal implosion of the black community.
But, don’t take my (or Denzel’s) word for it. Check the crime statistics of any large American inner-city.
Street gangs now raise a large segment of America’s black youth. What could possibly go wrong with that?
“It starts at home.”
This isn’t going to go over well in liberal Hollywood circles, laments BizPac Review.
Taking a stance that’s all but certain to prompt a walk back, actor Denzel Washington said the incarceration rate of young black males is not the fault of the criminal justice system, but of fatherless homes.
Washington made the assertion while speaking to reporters at the premier of his new film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq,” in which the Oscar-winning actor plays an idealistic defense attorney whose beliefs are tested when he joins a new firm, The New York Daily News reported.
But Washington said the role didn’t alter his belief that responsibility begins at home — within the traditional family structure.
“It starts at the home,” he insisted. “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,” the actor continued. “It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”
Washington reiterated his position in an interview with Reuters, sharing his personal experiences with fatherless homes in the black community.
“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 the news outfit.
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.”
The quick, out-of-the gate opinion on social media was that “Black Twitter won’t like this.”
…and right on cue, Washington was served up like so many Thanksgiving leftovers.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Fun fact: Denzel Washington has been cast as an officer of the law sixteen times. https://t.co/FbwHSBgtmm
— decaffeinated daddy (@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
— ☕☕☕ (@angryblkhoemo) 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
— Kanye invented music. (@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
— Socialist on Main (@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
— Blue no matter who is a Trump campaign slogan (@WillPowellArt) November 24, 2017
— BreakingBrown (Yvette Carnell) (@BreakingBrown) November 25, 2017