Understanding the trauma of racial violence in a black patient – Narendra Keval

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Racial violence arises when infantile anxiety and hatred of ‘difference’ or ‘otherness’ is become too unmanageable within the self and are displaced into the racial arena via splitting and protective mechanisms. The body of the ‘other’, particularly skin colour differences, becomes a salient target for locating and attacking these feared and unwanted aspects of the self.

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