The Black Lives Matter movement is still going strong following last year's protests, and Denzel Washington has opened up about his thoughts on calls to "defund the police."

The Academy-Award winner has revealed why he's defending cops amid the movement...

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And he's even been taking shots at anti-police protestors...

But before we get there, let's get a few things clear.

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Today is your lucky day because I have decided to help you understand why Black Lives Matter is an important movement in the fight for racial equality.

"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"

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Simply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.

An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.

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And when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.

That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.

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This was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that Black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."

But why? What made him suspicious?

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If it was the hoodie, why don't other people in hoodies get stopped as often as Black boys and men? At the time, you would think it was just one isolated incident, but over the next 7 years, up until this day, the same situation continued to take place but just with a different Black person each time.

Say their names.

Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, Breana Taylor, Elijah McClain, Stephon Clark, and more recently, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks.

Look them up if you've never heard of them, the cases are extremely harrowing.

According to The Washington Post, Black people are being killed twice as much as white people.

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And this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population.

Just because you're not personally racist, doesn't mean others aren't.

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And there's always room for improvements. With the oppression of Black people being systematic, which means it's rooted within the foundations of our society, it's hard to undo hundreds of years worth of damage.

"Why is 'All Lives Matter' a racist statement?"

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I know for some of you, you don't mean harm when you say "All Lives Matter" right? Because the statement standing alone and out of context is true. All lives do in fact, matter. But here's where we need to look at the political history behind the phrase.

For those of you that aren't aware, this phrase was coined by racists to oppose BLM, that's why it's offensive.

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A whole group of racists saw Black Lives Matter and decided to shout this phrase at those fighting for equality in order to stand against them. So while we all understand that all lives do matter, using the phrase to take a stand against BLM is counter-productive.

You're not racist because you used the phrase out of context.

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But now, in very simplified terms, you've learned where it comes from and the next time you shout "All Lives Matter," think about where it comes from. Education and empathy are the perfect tools to find common ground with people you claim you're so different from.

So it's time to get educated.

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Don't use offensive or ignorant comments now that you know what they stand for.

BLM has recently gained much more traction in the past year.

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After the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by a police officer's knee went viral, many people across the globe were left rightfully outraged.

This resulted in a lot of anti-police protests, leading to widespread calls to "defund the police."

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But Denzel Washington has since come out in support of cops.

Washington said he has "the utmost respect" for cops...

After he had a first-hand look at the value of police work while playing law enforcement in several roles during his career.

​"I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, (people) that sacrifice their lives. I just don't care for people who put those kinds of people down," Washington said.

"If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do."

Washington's new thriller The Little Things will be the thirteenth time he has played an officer.

He recalled one of the times he tagged along with the police for his role in Ricochet.

"I went out on call with a sergeant," he said.

"We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught. We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn't getting out," Washington recalled.

"As he got out, another car came screaming up and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather."

Washington said he managed to diffuse the situation by "just remaining calm."

"He didn't overreact," he said. "He could've pulled his gun out and shot the people that came up driving real fast. He could've shot the old man that was distraught and confused — I think he was suffering from dementia.

"But in that instant, it taught me, and I never forgot it, what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second," the actor said.

So, there you have it. What do you think about his stance? In the meantime, keep scrolling for more celebrity news...