Finding Your Roots 3 is being delayed due to Ben Affleck kerfuffle

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"PBS announced today that it was delaying the scheduling of the third season of the learn-about-your-lineage series after concluding that a 2014 episode featuring the actor/director omitted the fact that his ancestors owned slaves violated the public network’s editorial standards."

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/24/pbs-finding-your-roots-ben-affleck-episode

Aw this is a shame. More people should be aware that we all have "that one guy" in our tree.

Also http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gates-1834

 

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asked in The Tree House by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 7 (72.3k points)
edited by Ellen Smith
Thanks Carrie... good read.

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"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"...if it is censured away who can learn from it?
answered by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (119k points)
selected by Betty Fox
A freakin' men.

 

Betty
I think PBS is missing a huge opportunity to promote their program.  

Ben's Mea Culpa, if he truly believes what he is saying now, is the perfect opportunity to highlight these issues and raise all kinds of awareness.

I can't believe Gates and Co. missed the first rule of starting genealogy.  

"What you are about to learn may uncover some unpleasant truths.  Are you prepared to accept these truths no matter what you learn?"  Remember, you are not responsible for your Ancestors.

Ben did not have an uncommon initial reaction and he later has the appropriate response that we all need to be aware of.

Ben's Mea Culpa show could be huge and transformative for a lot of people.  

And a great boon to genealogy!

I would think Hollywood and PBS would be all over such an opportunity.

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