by Harry E. Thomas
In a bold move, Harry E. Thomas puts forth the supposition that black Americans are just as guilty of discrimination as whites through the acceptance and tolerance – and even encouragement – of recognizing themselves as a separate race. He then issues a challenge to all Americans, black and white, to being promoting themselves as one race of one culture – the American race in the American culture.
Supporting his belief with historical facts, Mr. Thomas opens Black Trek: Since 1865 An Ongoing Oblivious U.S. Civil War by reviewing the blacks’ fight for freedom from the time of the Civil War, then goes on to discuss a black identity crisis caused by attempting to decide on an appropriate “name” to call themselves – should they be “blacks,” “Negroes,” or “African-Americans?” Why not just “Black Americans,” asks Mr. Thomas. Why this need to separate ourselves based on race?
He closes by issuing a new battle cry for a new fight, one which unites all Americans as one race – the human race.
About the Author: A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Harry E. Thomas and his wife, Mary, have raised three children: Harriett Thomas-Richmond, Michael A. Thomas, and Rhonda M. Thomas. Presently retired, he enjoys fishing, reading, traveling, and doing crossword puzzles.
(2003, paperback, 66 pages)