Every now and then, something good comes out of Hollywood.
Actor Denzel Washington spoke some common sense but hard truths about blacks and prison. Over 70 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers. They grow up living apart from their fathers. These children are effectively fatherless.
Children raised in female-headed houses are at higher risk of dropping out of school, getting pregnant, and ending up in the criminal justice system.
“If the father is not in the home, the boy will find a father in the streets,” Washington told The Grio. “I saw it in my generation and every generation before me, and every one since. It starts in the home…If the streets raise you, then the judge becomes your mother and prison becomes your home.”