Denzel Washington on Young Black Men Who End Up in Jail: 'It Starts at Home'

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'Hollywood megastar Denzel Washington has a few thoughts about the disproportionate number of young black men who end up in prison:

It starts at home.

Washington says, as reported by the New York Daily News, stop blaming law enforcement and the American justice system:

It starts at the home. 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. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.'

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Without discipline, no limits

Human beings are born with a few instincts and that's it. Learning to become an adult who is of value and use to self and others does not however come inevitably and naturally to us. We have to be taught how to be civilized human beings. This requires parental guidance and input from other adults. Parental guidance though is the no. 1 factor.

Boys respond more to adult male guidance than adult female, even from their mothers. It's instinctive, nothing anyone can do to change that. When you remove adult male moderating and teaching influence from boys, you're playing dice big-time in re what will emerge. Usually, the dice don't roll in your favor.

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