Denzel Washington isn’t taking the easy route the grandstanding kneeling NFL players have. He sees a lack of personal responsibility for bad decisions as a major
The disgruntled field thugs of the NFL could learn a valuable lesson if they would accept responsibility for their own actions and acknowledge the fact that others have to do the same. Maybe they could even help spread that message, that we’re not owed anything by anybody, and that participating in criminal activities is a choice made by individuals for themselves.
In making the point that blaming the system, white people and police is a cop out, Denzel Washington might be hurting the sensitive feeling of more than a few of the whiny social justice agitators. The NFL field thugs, academics, anti-American Democrats with their hands extended palm up, and the safe zone snowflake might get offended but they also might just grow up and out of it as a result.
Speaking at the premier of his latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., in which is character is a defense attorney, Washington was asked by a reporter if the film made him feel more cynical about the justice system. Having none of it, Washington replied, “It starts at home.”
He went on to elaborate to the New York Daily News, saying, ‘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.” Washington said, “So you know I can’t blame the system. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”
In an earlier interview, Washington told Reuters, “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 said, by the time we got to 13, 14, different things happened.”
Noting that he was pretty much on the same road they started out on and doing the same things they were, Washington identified the difference as being they continued with their criminal choices, going further. Washington also credited being lucky and not getting caught as a factor, saying, “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.”
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