Thursday, April 23, 2015

Does Anyone Have Ben Affleck's Phone Number?

By Victor J. Ward

Several months ago, I wrote a post entitled: "The Curious Case Of Reparations." (See

I argued that a Libertarian system of justice would allow a Black person to seek reparations if certain conditions were met.

One of the conditions was that a Black person -- Black Person X -- needed to prove that a particular and living White person -- White Person X -- had slave owners in their family tree  -- Slave Owner X -- that benefited from owning slaves -- Slave X. Black X must be able to trace his family to Slave X.

Then and only then could Black X request reparations.

But, really, would that ever happen? Would any Black person go to the trouble of discovering which White person descended from which slave owners?

But now, thanks to PBS (Thank you, PBS!), we definitively know of a White person descended from slave owners:

The wickedly talented, Ben Affleck!


The fact is that I probably have slaves and slave-owners in my ancestry. But, I don't know that for a fact.

Not so with Affleck. He knows that he has slave-owner blood coursing through his veins.

Is racism genetic? If so, Affleck is probably a racist.

In order for Affleck to repent, I would like him to change the names of some of his movies:

From Batman, to "Blackman."

From Gone Girl, to "You Go, Girl."

From Town to "Ghetto."

I know that Ben feels ashamed. The only way for him to rid this ugly stain from the good name of Affleck is for him to scrub with the reparations sponge. It is going to be difficult for Ben to find the Black people who descended from the slaves his family owned.

I want to make it easy on Ben. I am going to call him and let him know that he can give me the required 40 acres and a mule.

Does anyone have Ben's phone number or email address? Thanks.

Victor J. Ward  first came across libertarianism by reading Murray Rothbard's Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy and Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


  1. Victor, this isn't your best. Affleck is ashamed of his ancestor, and his hypocritical position on reparations is ripe for attack, but this misses the mark.

    1. I agree. From the linked article on TMZ:

      "Ben says he believes America's slavery history should not be swept under the rug ... and adds, 'I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors.' "

      I can't disagree with Affleck's comment about ancestors, which is a strong argument against reparations for slavery in and of itself.