Ben Affleck has become the latest example of how white people seriously need to stop being so blasted oversensitive about being white.
It’s come out that, while he was featured on PBS’s documentary TV series “Finding Your Roots,” he found out that some of his white ancestors owned black slaves. This embarrassed him so much that he asked the show to edit that revelation out altogether.
And because Ben Affleck is Hollywood, and Hollywood and the news media are in bed together, they did as asked. (I’d say they set aside their credibility and integrity in order to kowtow to a famous person, except that would inaccurately imply they had credibility and integrity to begin with.)
Now, slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries was a monumentally bad idea. But none of us had anything to do with it, no matter what our ancestors did. We don’t get to pick and choose what family line we’re born into. We can only pick and choose what we do with the lives we’re given.
If that wasn’t the case, it’d be a whole different matter, of course. If Ben Affleck was given the chance to select an ancestral tree, saw that it contained white slaveholders abusing black slaves and went, “Oh, goodie! This one’s the one for me!” as a result, then yes: He should be embarrassed.
But he didn’t. He couldn’t. It’s scientifically impossible.
So since he had nothing to do with what his family members did more than a century ago, he has no reason to be ashamed of what a genealogy search turns up.
But here’s the thing… Let’s say that, instead of finding out that his ancestors were slaveholders, he found out that they were Roman emperors who plundered other people’s lands and threw innocents to the lions for fun and games.
I doubt he’d be so concerned about editing that bit of history out. For that matter, I don’t think he’d be nearly so upset if he discovered he had Nazis in his past. Because according to the white liberal mantra, being a white racist is pretty much the worst thing you can possibly be.
Which is why, according to the Washington Times, “police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage.”
Now, I’m not saying that being a white racist is a good thing. It’s pretty much the opposite of a good thing. But so is being a black racist, or a white racist who is racist against whites or, let’s face it, any kind of bigot. Human life is valuable, and we shouldn’t take it lightly no matter our differences.
That means that whites don’t mean more than blacks and blacks don’t mean more than whites.
Someone should really tell the embarrassed Ben Affleck that before he does anything stupid... er.