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Bonovitz, C. (2009). To See or Not to See: Blinded by Guilt: Reply to Commentary. Psychoanal. Dial., 19(4):450-453.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(4):450-453

To See or Not to See: Blinded by Guilt: Reply to Commentary

Christopher Bonovitz, Psy.D.

In response to Annabella Bushra's discussion and her focus on what is missing in the clinical material, the author speculates about the repetition of the historical trauma of purifying mixed race in the face of its complexity—trying to neatly package race despite it not so neatly fitting into any one category—and losing the individual by overly focusing on skin color. The author considers the silence, secrecy, and transgression in the treatment and, in this context, a few of Bushra's key points are addressed—sorting out the nature of hate in relation to Susan, passing as transgression, and White guilt. A distinction is made between a malevolent, destructive hate and a loving hate, and White guilt is considered as a defense against recognition of the other.

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