Denzel Washington: Lack of father figures, not justice system, to blame for young blacks ending up in jail

Denzel Washington: Lack of father figures, not justice system, to blame for young blacks ending up in jail

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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.’

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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.

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