Kenneth Brooks is a freelance writer. He writes books, a weekly newspaper column and conducts bias awareness seminars. His opinion column appeared weekly in the Vallejo Times Herald since 1996. He writes primarily about news, current events, First Amendment issues and culture from an ethical and critical thinking perspective.
Kenneth earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Philosophy at Sonoma State University. He specialized in critical thinking studies.
African Americans and Other Myths: Confusing Racism with Cultural Diversity was his first book. In it he uses critical thinking principles to challenge the authenticity of skin-color and race-based labels. He discusses how a different attitude and approach can help American with African ancestors overcome the lingering effect of racism.
Cultural Diversity Without Prejudice: A Guide for Critical thinking in the 21st Century was his second book. It uses reasoning techniques to help readers discover and understand their racial/ethnic prejudices.
He created a bias-awareness seminar based on the principles outlined in his second book. He conducts his seminar using critical thinking principles that avoid the blame game. Still, it helps participants learn about their prejudices.
Kenneth promotes the philosophy that people can use reasoning to decrease their prejudices and to improve the general quality of their lives. He discusses that philosophy in speeches, group discussions and other public appearances.
He is a native of Moorestown, New Jersey and he graduated from high school in 1955. He joined the U.S. Navy, attended technical schools and worked in the electronics and communications field. In addition, he performed duties as a Minority Advisor , a person who mediated racial problems in the recently integrated navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1975 as a Senior Chief Radioman.
In civilian life Kenneth worked at an Exxon Oil Refinery as a refinery technician, instrument technician and control room supervisor. He left refinery work after eight years to operate his own business and to obtain a Philosophy degree with a minor in Reasoning and Critical Thinking.