With all of the disgusting things going on in Hollywood it is more than refreshing to hear one of the Hollywood elites bring some common sense and good judgement back into the fold. Not everyone is fortunate to have been brought up by a strong father figure and Mr. Washington knows that. This, as we all know, is not just a black problem but a father problem across the country. It is really simple, you want nice young men then raise nice young men – otherwise the streets raise them.
According to this Fox article, Mr. Washington stressed the prison system was not to blame for crime in black communities, stressing the importance of properly raising children at home, during his tour promoting his new movie at an advanced screening last week.
At a screening of “ Roman J. Israel, Esq. ,” Mr Washington was asked by a reporter: “For black people in particular, do you think that we can truly make change as things are right now?” Mr. Washington responds: “Well, it starts in the home. If the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets. I saw it in my generation and every generation before me and every one since.” He then added, “If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home.”
Elaborating on what he meant to The New York Daily News, Washington said that positive changes for the black community begins with how children are raised.
“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,” the actor said.
Well said Mr. Washington, well said and for that, you get a Winners post here today!