Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Is God a Turk...

A couple of weeks ago, a Turkish professor, Ahmet Arslan, claimed that the Belgium people are of Turkish descent. I shall not write here how the Belgium press reacted, if they reacted since this claim was too absurd to believe.
Also, in the past, some Turkish scholars claimed that Hungarian and Finnish people were of Turkish origin. Based upon similarities in their languages.
Its time that they are going to discover Noam Chomsky, the world famous American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can not claim someones heritage on coincidence of similarities in languages!

Now there are claims that the native Americans are of Turkish descent.
I really don't understand this usurpationistic way of thinking. Who is next?

I will label this entry as 'fun stuff': obvious or not?


gert jan keutelaer said...

Maybe his son..?..))

Sincerae (means "Morningstar") said...

Brent Kennedy, an American, is also a big proponent of "Turkishness" too. When he came down with an illness indigenous to the Middle East and Turkey, he went to Turkey and was cured. That convinced him there is a genetic link between the Melungeon people of the Appalachian Mountains in the US and the Turks. The Melungeons look very Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Kennedy's theory is that Elvis, Abraham Lincoln, and Ava Gardner were all Turks.

However, some think the Melungeons are just a unique American group who are mixed with white, Native American, and black ancestory. If you get such a mix, sometimes the people do look Mediterranean or Middle Eastern. I have some in my family who look Arabic. Also one of my neighbors jokes he is an Arab. He could easily pass as one.

Internation Musing said...

Internation Musing said...

In addition to Native American (approximately 5% of the sample), African (approximately 5%) and European (approximately 83% of the sample, but representing Europeans from north to south), the study also showed approximately 7% of the samples matching populations in Turkey, Syria and northern India. In other words, the surviving genes from Middle Eastern and East Indian ancestors are in equal proportion to those of Native Americans and Africans

Internation Musing said...

While I am likely -- and proudly -- of northern European heritage, I am also of Siddi heritage. And I am equally kin to the Scotsman tilling his field outside Glasgow, the Chickahominy Indian fighting to keep tribal pride alive, and the various east Africans at one another's throats in Somalia. The Israelis and Palestinians dealing out death on a daily basis, the Appalachian blue grass banjo picker, the Indian and Pakistani soldiers staring one another down in Kashmir, and -- yes -- the down-beaten Untouchable in the poorest ghettos of southern India are also family. All are literally, not just figuratively, MY people. Genocide in the Balkans, earthquakes in Turkey, riots in Argentina, and repressive regimes in Afghanistan are no longer faraway occurrences of little consequence. In every tragedy on this Earth, a relative is suffering. And this leads me to a deeper understanding of just what the Melungeon story really means, and the transition that I must make.

We in Appalachia are known for our powerful storytelling tradition. Beginning today we have the opportunity to tell the most important story in our history -- the story of the Oneness of Mankind and how this Oneness is exemplified in the Appalachian heartland. The irony that we in Appalachia and those whose roots lie in these mountains -- long considered the lowest of the low -- could play a role in World ethnic harmony is staggering in its implications. But it's not a pipe dream. We can send a powerful message to all people everywhere, that:

No place, no region, no human being is too small, too remote, or too insignificant to justify dismissal. We are all of the same flesh and each of us matters.

Internation Musing said...

Dear Sincerae,
Above some statements of him.
In fact he said: Turks can be of native American origin.
Of todays Turkish population only 30% is indigeneos Turks..))

Tufan said...

Dear all:
Had a nice break, in fact twice the last 6 weeks.
Regarding this 'Turkishness issue', if the Turkish people are so helpless in finding their origins, their past, history by claiming that other races are in fact 'Turkish' I get a somber feeling: its looking for genetic superiority.
Turkish people like myself, have to look in the mirror, like all other nations did and do. We have simularities and we have differences. The search for a 'super Turcic race' claimed by some idiots must be ignored.
Hans is completely right by provoking people here since the Turks like to swallow these kind of stories as pie!
There are other concerns which matters.

Sincerae (means "Morningstar") said...

All the divisions whether made by Turks, African-Americans, whites or anyone else is trivial in the end, basically what Kennedy's quotes said above.

I think we all came from two original parents. For me, enough said:)

Sean Jeating said...

Not to again starting with the 'Bellum Gallicum' :)) and to cut an extremely long comment short:
I am with Tufan.

Anonymous said...

Turkish people writing history?
We know that they 'brain wash and whit wash- their childrens their minds and history.
Another attemp to look as Turks as the ultimate warriors?
No, thanks you.

valerie said...

As a born Canadian, living in France...I am maybe off Turkish descent as well..))
Nothin wrong with that, but I don't think that these racial theories makes sense...

Claudia said...

A bit late, but still à propos I hope. I agree with Sincerae's last comment:"Two original parents."
As the Latin playwright Terence (185-159 BC) said:
Homo sum: humani nihil a me alienum puto.
I am a man. I consider nothing that is human, alien to me.

I usually say very simply: Nobody is a stranger to me. We're from the same source, on the same level, and we all belong together.:)
I'm very happy about that. J'en suis bien heureuse.:)