Maudsley: Reading the Mind “To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people." At the age of seventeen, Fanon fled his country of birth, the Caribbean island of Martinique, after France fell to the Nazis and the collusive and oppressive Vichy regime was instituted. He joined the Free French Forces, was wounded, and made a war hero, but when his regiment defeated the Nazis and crossed the Rhine into Germany with photo journalists, those who were non-white were sent away. Fanon’s experiences of European racism towards blacks most certainly influenced his ideas when he would later become one of the leading anti-colonial thinkers. Fanon went on to study medicine and become a psychiatrist. In psychiatry, in philosophy, and in literature, he began to find a language by which to understand his experiences, and that of the oppressed, the persecuted and the destitute - the wretched. His discoveries amount to a psychopathology of racism and the trauma of colonisation, exposing, with skill and passion, how the psychological degradation of imperialism results in mental illness. Please do get in touch with Maudsley Reading the Mind if you are searching for a copy. Looking forward to seeing you there! As always, there will be food, drinks & brilliant conversation! For any enquiries email: [email protected] Follow on twitter: @maudsley_rtm http://maudsleyreadingthemind.wordpress.com Booking for this event has now closed.