File this handy excuse away for future use when the psychotic left wants to use your family’s history against you. They do it all the time, so we must play by their rules. Since lefty actor Ben Affleck was exposed for hiding his ancestor’s slave-owning history last week liberals have either dismissed the news or ignored it entirely. After all, slavery is such a messy part of the Democrats’ history and acknowledging it would no longer allow them to use it as a weapon to neutralize their opponents. Now that one of their own has an messy family history, we can move on the fact your family history can’t be used against you.
Ben Affleck is apologizing after it came to light that the Academy Award-winning actor and director asked that information be withheld from a PBS show about his family history.
After appearing on Finding Your Roots and learning one of his ancestors was a slave owner, Affleck pushed the network to leave that information out of the program it was first revealed by DailyMail.com, a request the producers ultimately agreed to.
This enabled Affleck to hide the identity of his ancestor, named today by The Sun as James McGuire, who kept eight slaves on his farm in Trenton in New Jersey in the 1840s.
Today the actor apologized for asking producers to leave out the name in a post on Facebook, while also explaining his reasons for his decision.
‘After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves,’ wrote Affleck.
‘I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.’
Affleck went on to say he lobbied for that information to be withheld after filming the episode.
‘It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable,’ he explained.
‘The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.’
He then added; ‘I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing.’
OK, let’s dig deeper and find out hos distant a relative this James McGuire was. And while we’re at it, why isn’t Affleck offering to pay reparations to the relatives of those enslaved by his ancestors? Oh well, we’ll end it with this zinger:
The guy was the star of Gigli but his 150 year old dead ancestor embarrasses him. https://t.co/iGJznZMPVp
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 22, 2015