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Denzel Washington: Positive Change in Black Community 'Starts in the Home'

Actor Denzel Washington attends a special screening of "Roman J. Israel, Esq." at the Henry R. Luce Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Denzel Washington isn’t just one of the most established black actors in Hollywood. He’s one of the most established actors, period. As such, he probably has the leeway to confront Hollywood’s enforced Leftism that most actors do not have.

In an interview, Washington told The Grio where positive change in the black community needs to start: “It starts in the home,” the actor said. He went on to argue:

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.

Washington isn’t talking about boys finding a literal father figure to guide them on the right path. He’s talking about the streets themselves raising kids, and that path is nothing but trouble:

If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home.

Washington is right, of course. Next to slavery, the greatest sin committed by the Democratic Party was the destruction of the black family by LBJ’s supposed “War on Poverty.” It created a perverse financial incentive for America’s black population — the largest recipients of LBJ’s programs at the time, still poor due to Jim Crow laws just being abolished — to no longer live in family units. Many opted to ignore marriage, as single motherhood led to greater benefits.

A strong family — with a father and a mother — does wonders to prevent kids from following in the erstwhile footsteps of many of their peers. In fact, black kids being raised with a married mother and father overcome virtually all of the current differences in outcomes between races.

Denzel Washington clearly understands this. Too bad so many of our politicians don’t have the courage to point out the obvious.