Denzel Washington was inspired by late civil rights leader MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. to teach his kids to avoid becoming "a hater". The father-of-four revealed his parenting philosophy on Monday (21Jan08), as America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Speaking on U.S. TV's Early Show, Washington said, "I try to teach my children there are going to be obstacles. Someone may not like you just because they don't like themselves. But, don't you get bogged down. "Don't be a hater. Don't let hatred destroy you. Overcome it, move on, educate them, if you will."