Denzel Washington has occupied a well-deserved space in the hearts of women since the ’90s, but his recent input on the criminal justice system has made the Oscar-winning actor the subject of conservative fanfare.
At an advanced screening of Washington’s new film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., last week, the actor spoke with The Grio about mass incarceration.
“It starts in the home,” the actor told the publication. “If the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets. I saw it in my generation before me, and every one since.”
“If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and the prison becomes the home,” he continued.
Conservative media outlets and Trump lovers had a field day reporting on a beloved Black figure’s rejection of the prison-industrial complex.
Denzel Washington speaks out: Don’t ‘blame the system’ for black incarceration, ‘it starts at home’ https://t.co/uSX1TUovBU
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) November 27, 2017
Denzel Washington: Prison system not to blame for crime in black communities https://t.co/fGeLhFUEB9
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 28, 2017
Washington is hubby to baby boomers and unc to millennials, which doesn’t give him a pass. But one must consider that he’s made it this far without being problematic–not to mention, as with most 62-year-olds, he’s just not going to be as woke as we’d like.
Sorry, Fox, Conservative News, The Blaze and the rest of you, Mr. Washington’s words may not have been agreeable, but we still love him. Excuse us while we watch Malcolm X.