Racist states of mind: an attack on thinking and curiosity – Narendra Keval

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In psychoanalysis, the acquisition of knowledge has a special significance, in the sense that our capacity to comprehend and relate to reality is thought to be intimately connected with our emotional development. This means that we are often preoccupied with understanding the kinds of anxieties and quality of thinking in particular states of mind that obstruct the desire to learn and acquire knowledge about ourselves in relation to others in the world. The aim of this chapter is to explore how this discovery is obstructed by a retreat into racist thinking as part of pathological organisation of the mind whose aim is to put the brakes on psychic growth and development.

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