|H/T Ranier M. for the image|
"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," he wrote. "It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." ~ Ben AffleckReally, Ben? You sure about that? Pop quiz: if Sony hadn't been hacked and we didn't have access to the emails, are you saying you would've stepped forward and revealed this info yourself?
Dude...no one blames you for being descended from a slave-owner. That's not how it works. Ancestors are blamed for their descendents, not the other way around. You don't smack a mouthy 10-year-old because his parents are such great saints, Ben; you blame his parents for making the wrong decisions, for being incompetent, for being negligent, for being selfish wastes of skin. So it's not like we believe you were sitting in some cosmic waiting room before your birth, watching Earth's history unfold, clapping your hands and squealing, "That one right there? That's the one for me!"
In a nation where horrific history is constantly being revised, where racism is constantly being downplayed and denied, and the trendy white drone-speak is - quite literally - "My ancestors never owned slaves", you deliberately embraced that unholy trifecta with a single word: edit. See, that's where you fucked up. Benjamin Cole fucked up by practicing slavery. You fucked up by trying to pretend that it didn't happen.