Denzel Washington: Upbringing and lack of father figures, not criminal justice system, are to blame for so many young men in jail

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Denzel Washington: Speaking his mind

Ruh roh…Denzel gonna be in major trouble with the proggies.
According to Wikipedia, Denzel is a Christian and an independent voter who supported Obama in 2008. Appears he is not one to be devoted to the progressive narrative.
From Daily Mail: Denzel Washington says upbringing and a lack of father figures are to blame for many young men ending up in jail.
The Oscar winner, 62, was speaking at the premiere of his latest film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., in which he stars as an idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his partner, the firm’s front man, dies.
Asked if the film made him feel more cynical about the justice system, the star replied: ‘It starts at home.’
Speaking to NY Daily News, he added: ‘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. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.’
In an earlier interview, the actor touched upon some of his own experiences growing up.
‘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 Reuters.
Washington, recalling some of the people he grew up with, added: ‘By the time we got to 13, 14, different things happened.
‘Now I was doing just as much as they were, but they went further… I just didn’t get caught, 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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0 responses to “Denzel Washington: Upbringing and lack of father figures, not criminal justice system, are to blame for so many young men in jail

  1. What a refreshing change from the usual victimhood-racism narrative. Denzel Washington is based!

  2. The quality of ones upbringing, and the examples set by the adults and extended family around you make a difference when it comes to the choices everyone makes. Absent fathers seems to have become a cultural norm within the black community more so than any others.

    • Yes, absolutely. Having a “nuclear family” and Church make a world of difference. A person’t standards depend on others to a degree. One must know that they are not alone in this world and must respect those around them.
      There is a serious lack of regard for others these days. When I grew up all of my relatives, neighbors and even complete strangers helped raise me. Adults did not hesitate to discipline a child if he or she was misbehaving. My parents worried about being embarrassed if my behavior wasn’t representative of my upbringing.
      I was told repeatedly not to embarrass my family name. My father had twelve siblings and I spent a lot of time with aunts, uncles and cousins. I always had an adult I could talk to. I try to be that adult for kids today.

      • AGREE LO! My dad was oldest of 11 living kids in his family….my mom, oldest of 4 girls, w/3 nephews that her mom & dad took in to raise after their dad died very young. We lived in a rural farm community, all of us associated w/our tiny, rural churches (where people KNEW if you missed a Sunday), & attached to a nearby University system–where, if you didn’t farm, you worked at the University—or both! I guarantee you that, if I’d have EVER behaved poorly in school, my teacher would NOT have even had to “call home.” One of my cousins/neighbors/friends would have told an elder & by the time I’d have gotten home on the bus that afternoon ….my parents would have KNOW about it & I’d have been brought forth to answer to it—to my parents AND the next day to my teacher.
        This happened to me ONCE in my teaching career, early-on. ONce, in about my 3rd year of teaching, I had a very bright, but “randy” group of kids who were districted into my site by zoning…from an affluent area. They were largely a nice group, but could push boundaries b/c they were “privileged” kids. One day they were “pushing boundaries” and I wrote names on the board to come to my room for lunch detention, which was pretty rare for me…….one of the kids, a boy, was not a “usual” agitator. He was usually a pretty good kid……but, “followed the pack” that day…and his mom was PTA president, who happened to be on our site that day for some planning or other. One of the kids in the room told soon after the event, that her that her son had his name written on the board by me that day for behavior, and would be in lunch detention in my room (which, BTW, means that I have to give up MY LUNCH if I assign lunch detention to anyone in my room).
        The mother of this child came to my room at the end of the day & asked me to wait w/her & her child. I could tell she was all business…& I thought she was going to confront me for keeping her kid in for his behavior at lunch…this is the “usual” parent reaction that I get…having to defend, to angry parents, the consequences that I hand out to kids in order to keep behavior standards in my classroom. But I was pleasantly surprised. Within a few moments, the child’s father arrived, still in scrubs….straight from a hip replacement surgery he had done…..and they sat their child down in the “hot seat” in between them and me….& grilled him over his behavior & what he was going to do to make things right, improve, and beyond. They made him “own” his behavior & besides my consequences …they outlined their own consequences at home. I almost felt sorry for him ! I was never so impressed before or since than with these parents. I’ve had one or two parents who came close or “even”to this, but this was a first for me…and I’ll never forget it. Pretty sure this kid turned out “OK” and at very least… not on the public dole today……& NOT living in his parents’ converted garage……

        • Your dad and mine have much in common. My dad is youngest of 12 kids. Bet you have a LOT of cousins 😊

          • DCG—I have 11 cousins on my mom’s side from her sisters….plus the same amt. from the 3 boys my grandparents took in to raise….and then, on my dad’s side from all of his siblings, there are 25 cousins. I have to keep charts sometimes b/c my grandfther’s surviving brothers (9) all had families of 10 or 11, too…….so, we had really HUGE family reunions and,even tho’ all our elders are gone now, & there are no huge reunions anymore, I still keep contact with some of my father’s cousin’s kids from those sunny days of my memories …….(are they my 2nd cousins?—too confusing…just “family” is enough to know)

        • I used to think that my father had a spy network. If I did something that I shouldn’t, invariably a neighbor would tell a relative and by the time my father got home from work I would hear all about it.
          One advantage to this was that, if I was having a hard time with my father or mother, I could go to an aunt or uncle. Sometimes they would play “intermediary”. We all did that for each other.
          I can only remember a couple of times where a teacher of mine talked to my parents about something I did or didn’t do. It was awful. I was embarrassed many times over. Still,, there were no secrets and I just had to straighten up.

    • Absolutely! I’ve maintained as teacher for decades that I, alone, can not surmount the deficiences at home and elsewhere in a student’s life.I have had some small “victories” that made me keep on teaching…through thick and thin. But, even in the face of the reality that THIS problem (bad home life, poor nutrition, poor medical care—EVEN IF AVAILABLE—-ie____ I routinely have kids show me their pus-filled crusted scabs from skateboard or bike accidents of a week or 2 duration…could have been cleaned & bandaged at home when it happened……and ask me or the school nurse to take care of it—even though they tell me that “mom” knew about it when it happened”… no avail_____no support, poor role models, drug abuse, poor life decisions, poverty, fractured families, no father, etc etc) is not in my contract or within the bounds of my job as an educator to surmount or legally adjudicate, legally medically manage, or within my abilities to field within a classroom of 40 students per hour….200 per day….1,000 seat times per week….people all over this nation pronounce judgment upon the education system in this country as THOUGH it is! My view of the world must be similar to Denzel’s: a child’s education is like a 4-legged stool—-the teacher, the parents, the administration, and the community/district/state. When one leg is missing….like expectations at home/parents….the stool can not stand NO MATTER WHAT all the other “legs” do. Raising a kid and educating a kid in our society is NEVER an “either/ or” proposition. That kid can NOT achieve and prevail as an adult unless ALL LEGS of that stool are supportive and sturdy for the duration. When the parents abdicate their repsonsibilities toward keeping the kid clean, making sure homework is done, feeding the child, taking care of everyday “oops” and “wounds,” getting vaccines, seeking help for vision and hearing….or when the state, for instance Mexifornia, where I teach, is so over-extended with entitlements and 75% English-as-a-Second-Language (like my district) that the local budget for anything else besides special ed and ESL is NIL….. there are likely at least TWO legs of this 4-legged stool missing. IF there are bad teachers or bad administrators in this mix…then there is NO STOOL at all…..But, believe me now……the parents and states are the first and most likely suspects…….but these happen to be the LAST to be pointed at…..teachers and administrators…those on the front line, with the least resources and the least influence and the least political power for change……are the first, sometimes ONLY, to be blamed.

  3. Denzel is one of the good guys. He hasn’t been connected to philandering around. He is a huge military supporter and has even taken his children on some of his meetings with members. Always one of my favorites. A truly classy guy.

  4. He seems to have his head on straight-lucky he’s a top notch actor-it’s hard going for Conservative actors in Hollyweird. His acting skills are making him a “necessary evil” there;they’d rather boot him out,but he’s too good to risk losing. LOL-I’ll bet he gives the LibTard higher-ups ulcers as they try to figure out their best plays…..

  5. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
    Colin Kaepernick needs to have a talk with Denzel. The only thing I can figure out about Kaepernick is he had a Father who was white and he lived a privileged life and now he is mad at those folks and calls that racial injustice cause he didn’t have a black Father. Isn’t that the same thing Obama always struggled with?
    Some times you just can’t ever get a break in life.

    • Progressivism and a leftist muslim girlfriend (plus that he’s not the greatest ball player) did that for Kaepernick– otherwise, he wouldn’t have more fun being “woke” than throwing touchdowns.

  6. I’m very happy to hear this! I always thought Denzel had a quality that his peers in Hollywood were greatly lacking. He’s a great actor, he’s smart, and has a strong moral compass. And last but not least, he’s very handsome. 😳

    • View the You Tube video titled, “Denzel Washington Transvestigation.”

      • Hans is apparently fixated on everything FTM. Fat in the belly doesn’t happen to just women. Everyone in Hollyweird gets veneers (some end up w/the “chiclets”) and having a dermatologist to give you glowing skin is a requirement as well. The fact that Hans mentions these so-called factors as proof of FTM discredits his opinion.
        I sat behind Denzel, saw him up close and heard him speak. He’s a real man.

        • It’s not just about one characteristic like a fat belly, it’s about the sum total of several feminine characteristics, the vertical for head, the sloping shoulders, the short arms, the weak jawline and double chin, the wide hips, the lack of brow ridges and deep set eyes……Denzel exhibits nearly all physical characteristics indicative of a female.

          • You obviously haven’t seen Denzel in the films he did before he was 40 or 50 years old, when most of us end up getting “soft”. He had wide, square shoulders, a strong jawline, long strong arms, no double chin, and I couldn’t really say if he had Neanderthal brow ridges and eyes or not, but don’t see that as making a man more or less manly. BTW, the sloped forehead is what you see in less-developed cavemen as well.
            Seriously. He’s a good Christian man. He and his sister were on the 700 Club years ago (or “Praise the Lord” on TBN), and they’re the real deal.

  7. DCG posted this!

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  9. Denzel says it himself: “It has just as much to do with fathers not being in their lives as it has to do with any system.” And he is absolutely correct that fathers are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to ANY child’s best formation.
    But look at what we have: We are STUCK with a system that destroys peoples’ lives for a marijuana cigarette; There are over one and a half million people in jail who, in all honesty, do not belong there.
    It also must be said that we are stuck in a Culture of Death in which men are debased and belittled throughout the Culture.
    As a former high school English teacher in NYC, it was my observation that black people, generally, occupy a schizoid position: On the one hand, they have been systematically oppressed by a welfare system that keeps them hamstrung, and they do need help escaping that plantation or reservation system. And it IS a plantation or reservation system—don’t let the appearance fool you. Yet at the same time, they do not want the help: They don’t want to be seen as “Uncle Tom’s” or “acting white.” In other words, they are down, and they know that. Yet at the same time, they won’t accept the discipline and education they need to be upwardly mobile. They are possessed of a certain unhealthy and schizoid self-consciousness which keeps them down because they are more concerned about embarrassment in front of their own than they are about visualizing their goal of escape and then just doing it.
    And just because a child has a father is no guarantee that that father is any good, regardless of skin color. (My parents are saints—but I’ve seen other fathers who aren’t).
    So which is it: Blame Whitey, or blame their own self-embarrassment in front of their own that keeps them down? I have seen black students try to buckle down to study: The other black kids will seize upon him like a swarm of pirhanas! Yeah, I get it: It’s Whitey’s fault. You can’t fix stupid when stupid will not consent to being fixed. And they WON’T take to religion, either.

  10. Denzel is a wise man. He sees the problem for what it is. Denzel, the best to you!


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