Nathaniel Adam Tobias
It began, for me, in an inpatient psychiatric unit. I had been sectioned.
Why do I begin narrating my journey at this milestone?
• I survived. Not all of us do. I live and work “In The Wake,” to borrow an idea from Professor Christina Sharpe, of those persons racialised as black, so often mentally ill, who come into contact or into the custody of the state and die.
• I had nothing to lose. I no longer feared, nor even gave a fuck, as throughout my life till that point I had, about wealthy white men’s expectations of me. Compared with depths of despair I had seen, they paled into insignificance.