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Saturday 1 October 2016

Trying to conceal past is just naive

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

The most recent Sony emails' leak is fascinating. It's reported that actor Ben Affleck (left) asked a production company to omit the fact that one of his ancestors was a slave owner. The US series 'Finding Your Roots' had already uncovered similar information about other stars who featured and were happy to let the information be part of the programme, but Affleck allegedly felt that this information shouldn't be in the public domain. How embarrassing. Denying the sins of one's ancestors to be seen as whiter than white (excuse the pun) is naive. Ben Affleck is not responsible for the actions of his forefathers, but he shouldn't seek to conceal that they took place in the first place.

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