“FINDING YOUR ROOTS”

The popular genealogy series is back January 5, 2016 on PBS. hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

After Ben Affleck’s request to edit out information about his ancestors owning Slaves, do we trust the show?

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Alan D Horbal, publisher, Western Massachusetts Roots Events Newsletter

Boston Globe Article – 10-20-15

PBS’s Finding Your Roots on Hiatus Following Affleck Controversy

Attached are two recent articles regarding the controversy surrounding Ben Affleck’s appearance on the PBS program Finding Your Roots.  The controversy has ultimately resulted in the entire PBS series being put “on hold” according to the network, while it reviews the program’s editorial standards.

The controversy erupted after documents obtained following the Sony email hack showed that portions of the program revealing that Affleck’s ancestors had owned slaves were edited out of the final program at his request.

PBS Pulls “Roots” Series Amid Affleck Controversy – Boston Globe 6/25/15

Hacked e-mail shows Affleck asked PBS to censor ancestry – Boston Globe – 4/19/15