#BookReview: Black History Is American History: Should #BlackHistoryMonth Be Eliminated? Or, A Great Debate

Black History Is American History: by Thomas Jerome Baker, is a unique book. Its

raison d’être

is to give readers of all races, religions, colors, sexual orientations, political views, etc., etc., etc., (all of humanity), the opportunity to experience a practical example of how to talk with one another about things that matter.

The things that matter most, to most human beings, are usually very difficult to talk about. These are beliefs which are as good as sacred, in many cases. So, to keep from killing one another, we make the topic taboo, unspeakable, unmentionable.

This “Three Monkeys Approach” (Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil), is counterproductive. It doesn’t help. Why not? Because you end up carrying the pain of perceived injustice inside of you. You aren’t able to verbally express your feelings.

Psychologists call this, “psychological trauma.” Psychological Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events, but there are a few common aspects. There is frequently a violation of the person’s ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. This is also seen when institutions that are depended upon for survival, violate, betray or disillusion the person in some unforeseen way. It puts the whole of humanity at risk for Post Traumatic Stres Disorder (PTSD).

Yes, this is the same disorder that many of our military veterans are coming home with. So, how is it treated? How do we help people with PTSD? The Department of Veterans Affairs uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

What is DBT? Answer: Talking.

In other words, talking is therapeutic. This is ironic, because we are, the way we are, because we wouldn’t talk to one another in the first place.

In this book, you will see a very important debate about a topic that matters to a lot of people in America. These two people, a black man and a white man, are talking to one another about something that matters, Black History Month. As you read the debate, you will be able to see that it is possible to vigorously disagree with somebody, while at the same time, maintaining full respect for the honor and dignity of the individual.


Debate is a tool that will serve you well throughout your lifetime. It’s not just for students in schools, or politicians trying to get elected to office. Debate should be learned by everybody in America, and suddenly, we truly would be living in a better world. I truly and sincerely believe in the power of debate to transform the world we live in today.

Allow me a final quote please: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black History Is American History, by Thomas Jerome Baker




About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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