reply to post by MathiasAndrew
In other words........ YES .......I was correct about you.
The fact that you have been avoiding addressing any of the real issues raised in the OP, and are now trying to derail the thread with personal, off
topic attacks only proves how sensitive the issue really is. In fact, your attempted diversions have actually raised even more questions, and I will
lay them all out for you here. If you do not feel comfortable answering, then don't reply. Just don't try to bury them with off topic posts.
1. Are a disproportionate number of UFO reports made by Caucasians?
Yes, as every third poster has pointed out, Barney Hill was African-American. If you've read "Interrupted Journey," you would know that he and his
wife, who was white, were naturally concerned with their place in the American society of the time. It is very clear that, as a mixed race marriage,
they felt alienated. That's right, they felt like aliens. They were returning from Canada, a sort of parallel universe version of the United States,
where they were treated with acceptance, when something happened.
In order to reconstruct the missing time, hypnosis was used to access the
couple's unconscious minds. Is it surprising that "alien" imagery was found there?
Another poster added some videos of blacks describing their UFO experiences. Nominally, this answers the rhetorical question in the OP: "can you give
one example of a black reporting a UFO?" So, given that there have been thousands of UFOs reported, does a half dozen reports from blacks strike you
as being proportionate? What the OP has been driving at, and I have made explicit, is that the UFO phenomenon seems to have a distinct
element. Why is it that so many more whites see UFOs than blacks in the United States?
2. Name one black Ufologist.
Still waiting on this one. Overall, there are very few blacks involved in the "New Age" movement in general. In fact, I know of only one
African-American "New Age Guru." On the other hand, there are countless black charismatic "self help," empowerment Christian preachers. Is there a
cultural, ie, sociological reason for this?
3. Why are the benevolent Space Brothers fair skinned blonds, and the evil aliens short and dark?
I have pointed out the "contactee" phenomenon's roots in the racial theories of Theosophy. Mme. Blavatsky applied a twisted interpretation of the
new theory of evolution to spirituality. There is supposedly a secret White Brotherhood of Ascended Masters hiding inside of seven sacred mountains
here on Earth. This belief is actually accepted explicitly and wholeheartedly by many UFO cultists. (That word is precise.)
4. What is UFOlogy?
You provided that one, Mathias. Is it the study of unknown aerial phenomena, or is it anything you want it to be? What are the appropriate
methodologies for its study? What tools does one require in order to analyze the data? How does one even determine what data to analyze? Do reports by
skilled pilots and radar operators carry the same weight as a hippy on an acid trip? Are the experiences even comparable? One set describes objective,
material experiences, the other extremely personal, subjective experiences. I'm not saying the latter are any less "valid" than the former, but
they don't appear to be part of the same domain of knowledge.
5. What does it mean to be a UFOlogist?
You accused me of not being a UFOlogist. Fair enough. The question this poses is: "who is
a UFOlogist? What sort of certification is required?
What are the minimum qualifications? Can anyone just claim to be a UFOlogist? Is there a difference in the credibility between a PhD in Astronomy or a
retired Air Force officer on the one hand, and a twelve year old who clips stories about WWII bombers being discovered on the Moon out of the Weekly
World News? Who would you rather pay $12 to hear talk? The one who presents statistical analysis of sightings by category and concludes that only 1/2
of 1% cannot be explained as misidentified mundane phenomena, or the one that tells you exactly what you want to hear?
6. What is the real basis of the "Ancient Astronaut" belief system?
Why must aliens have built the pyramids? Is it because the ancient Egyptians cannot have built them because they were Africans?
Why must the
Nazca lines have been made by aliens? Is it because the Nazca people were Indians?