Ancestry.com apologized on Thursday and took down a controversial ad depicting an interracial couple who discussed the possibility of fleeing to the north during the civil war era after online flashback.
The ad was originally posted on the company's YouTube site earlier This month, two "lovers" (according to the ad's caption) pictured through the streets of a 19th-century US city before they stop discussing the opportunity to travel north.
"Abigail", the white man in the ad says to the woman, who is black. "We can escape to the North. It's a place we can be together, across the border."
"Do you want to go with me?" he asks as the ad disappears as it shows the text, "without you, tell the story here."
Critics of the ad said it was whitewashed history, as the inaccuracy showed the slavery's rape as a conscience. 1
What the hell is this @ Anesthesia ?
Why do white people insist on romanticizing my black female ancestors experiences with white men during slavery?
They were raped, abused, treated as animals, beaten and killed by white men. Stop with the audits. pic.twitter.com/cDEWdkzJPm
– Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 18, 2019
"They were raped, abused, treated as animals, beaten and murdered by white men. with the audits. "
The company regretted" for any offenses that the ad may have caused "in a statement Thursday to BuzzFeed News, and the ad could no longer be found on Ancestry's YouTube site. 19659002] "Ancestors are committed to telling important stories from history," the company said. "This ad was meant to represent one of these stories. We greatly appreciate the feedback we received and apologize for any violations that your ad may have caused. "