(National Sentinel)Â Criminal Tendencies: Mega-star Denzel Washington has some advice for young black men and others who claim the American system of justice is skewed against them: It’s not.
In his new film, Washington plays an ambitious defense attorney whose beliefs begin to be tested in the aftermath of joining a new law firm.
Washington, 62, told theÂ NY Daily News his latest role did not change the views he has on the justice system. Rather, he said the film actually repeated what he’s long believed is the root cause of so much black male incarceration.
â€œIt starts with how you raise your children,â€ he said. â€œIf a young man doesnâ€™t have a father figure, heâ€™ll go find a father figure.
â€œSo you know I canâ€™t blame the system,â€ Washington continued. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.â€
In an interview withÂ Reuters, Washington reflected on the issue during his formidable teenage years.
â€œBy the time we got to 13, 14, different things happened,â€ Washington recalled. â€œNow I was doing just as much as they were, but they went further.â€
â€œI just didnâ€™t get caught, but they kept going down that road and then they were in the hands of the system.â€
While progressives like the film’s director, Dan Gilroy, continue to portray the justice system as inherently racist, Washington doesn’t seem to agree.
â€œItâ€™s about the formative years,â€ he said. â€œYouâ€™re not born a criminal.â€
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