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ex-jedi says...

In reply to this comment by wraith:
A question that always bothered me and that has almost nothing to do with this video: Why do so many African Americans think they have to go to Africa to find their roots? In Europe, in all countries except France, 99% of African people are really first or second generation immigrants from one of the dozens of Nations in Africa.

They have relatives living there.

I understand that.

African Americans have their roots as much in "Africa", as I have my roots in....I don't even know...Germany? France? Russia? Hungary?

I don't even know where my ancestors lived three hundred years ago.

And I don't care.

I don't get it.


I live in England and we are full of Americans & others who's ancestors came from here returning to trace their roots. Same in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and everywhere. It's not a black phenomenon. I as an official negro have no desire to return to my 'homeland'. But it's a pretty common unremarkable and universal human desire.

MrFisk says...

Point taken.

In reply to this comment by wraith:
Appeal To Authority: "It is one method of obtaining propositional knowledge, but a fallacy in regard to logic, because the validity of a claim does not follow from the credibility of the source."

Reuters and - by extension and your "Moon Astronaut Says We're Not Alone" headline - you imply that him being one of the Apollo Astronauts and having "walk(ed) on the moon" gives his statement any more credibility. This is called "Appeal To Authority" or "argumentum ad verecundiam".
This (the Appeal to Authority) would have worked if a) Mitchell was the resident hush-up operator for Alien contacts by the US-Government or b) he met an alien while he "walk(ed) on the moon".

The way it stands, it does not.

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