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Re: Which test is which?
In Response To: Re: Which test is which? ()

I've read and also I have been told by at least two Africans (one from Nigeria and the other one from Ghana) that the term "tribe" is offensive and not an Africa-originated term. What is your take on that?

As far as part of your other message to Angela, I agree. Claiming all of them is very reasonable, but there's just something about specificity - knowing which specific ethnic groups to apply to which specific family lines - that is even more exciting, emotional, and spiritually-fulfilling.

Taking a very rough guess, most African-Americans probably start to have African-born ancestors in the family tree roughly in the 8th-generation of their family tree...probably sooner or later, depending on a number of factor. However, I will use the 8th-generation as an example. In that generation, an African-American has 128 ancestors (5th-great grandparents). Since most African-Americans are genetically intertwined with other ethnicities, let's say that of those 128 ancestors, 80% were Africans, for a number of 104 African ancestors. Just think of how many African ethnic groups those 104 ancestors were apart of. So yes, it is very reasonable to claim all.

Mel


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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