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Denzel Washington is served up like Thanksgiving leftovers by black Twitter for saying 4 powerful words

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“It starts at home.”

This isn’t going to go over well in liberal Hollywood circles.

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.”

Bret Baier had dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving weekend, one picture has the left in a meltdown

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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:




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