Denzel Washington: Don’t ‘Blame The System’ For Black Incarceration, It ‘Starts At Home’

“If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.”

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington says you “can’t blame the system” when it comes to black incarceration, but instead we should look at the home first, specifically the epidemic of fatherlessness in the African American community.

“If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure,” stated Washington.

Speaking to reporters at the New York premiere for his new film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Washington explained that the film centering around a Los Angeles criminal court system has not made him more cynical about the “prison-industrial complex.”

“It starts at the home,” said the Oscar winner. “It starts at home.”

“It starts with how you raise your children,” he expounded. “If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.”

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