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Should Ben Affleck Be Ashamed Of His Slave-Owning Ancestors?

Emails uncovered by Wikileaks show Ben Affleck requested his slave-owning ancestry be stricken from his appearance on PBS's "Finding Your Roots". Was he justified in his request?

67% of writers and pundits say no
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Should Ben Affleck Be Ashamed Of His Slave-Owning Ancestors?  

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last 24 hours | salon
Ben Affleck's slave-owning ancestor: The compelling American story we weren't allowed to see on "Finding Your Roots"

"...The irony is that Affleck's story of descending from slave owners, then having his mother march for civil rights a few generations later is actually a much more profound American narrative, and a compelling illustration of this country's complex relationship to issues of race and equality. ..." see full article


967 days ago | nbcnews
OpEd: Ben Affleck, Slavery and the Need for Black Friends - NBCNews.com

"...Yes, he like most white Americans benefitted indirectly from slavery, but unless PBS also revealed that he's a 200 year old vampire Ben Affleck is not PERSONALLY responsible for slavery. He's not special, it's history. Just own it...." see full article


969 days ago | vox
Ben Affleck's attempt to hide his slave-owning ancestor feels very familiar - Vox

"...It's not just that there were a few terrible people who owned slaves it was a huge American institution. Plenty of white people (not to mention plenty of people who identify as black today) could probably find similar stories in their families' histories...." see full article


970 days ago | salon
Don't hide from your family slave-owning past, Ben Affleck!

"...But we can't look to the past on the assumption our family tree is full of nothing but good apples, or flee when we find things that make us uncomfortable...." see full article


971 days ago | thedailybeast
Affleck's Embarrassing Ties to Slavery - Daily Beast

"...In the end, however, the repugnant relative is left on the cutting room floor anyway, though Gates is claiming this is simply a natural byproduct of the editing process...." see full article


972 days ago | chicagodefender
We Can't Blame Ben Affleck For Shame Over Ancestor's Slave-Owning Past - Chicago Defender
"...Truthfully, we can't blame Ben Affleck for not wanting that part of his ancestry to be illuminated. That's got to be embarrassing and potentially hurtful..." see full article


972 days ago | lightlybuzzed
Why should Ben Affleck care if people know about his slave-owning ancestors? - Lightly Buzzed
"...All over something that no one really would have cared that much about. When will people learn that trying to cover stuff up just makes you look like a weasel in the end?..." see full article


972 days ago | slate
Ben Affleck Asked PBS to Ignore Slave-Owning Family Past in TV Show - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...Gates even pointed out that Affleck's slave-owning ancestor wasn't even a bad guy whereas Anderson Cooper's ancestor was a real s.o.b.; one of his slaves actually murdered him. Of course, the slave was promptly hanged. And Anderson didn't miss a beat about that. ..." see full article


972 days ago | freerepublic
Ben Affleck wanted his slave owner ancestor 'censored' from Finding ...
"...Instead viewers were shown heartwarming stories of how his third grandfather was a mystic in the Civil War and how his sixth grandfather was a patriot who fought in the American Revolution...." see full article



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