Racial identity in America has many layers, with aspects like “transracial” identity taking form. It’s also allowed the youth to gravitate towards troubling views on African-Americans. But none seem to have more troubling factors than Treasure, a black teen who believes she’s white. The 16-year-old isn’t only sure of her whiteness but also has ignorant views about the black community.
Treasure and her mother Monique appeared on Dr. Phil Wednesday (Oct. 24). Monique explained her daughter has a long lasting hate for black people since she was five-years-old. Treasure is a fan of the alt-right culture, admitting she’s a big of the Ku Klux Klan and calls black people monkeys. Monique believes her daughter’s identity crisis began with the death of her husband in 2006, who is white. Speaking with Dr. Phil, Monique said she allowed her children to believe they were biracial because her husband was the only father figure they ever had.
Once he passed, Monique told Treasure and her brother Kendall the truth, with Treasure heightening her hate for black people even more. It continued once they moved from an affluent white neighborhood to a predominantly black neighborhood. Her role models also include Jennifer Anniston, Kim Kardashian (who is Persian) and President Donald Trump.
“It makes me feel good to put down African-Americans because it helps them stay in their place,” Treasure said. “I identify with the Ku Klux Klan because the way they believe is just so smart. White is right.”
Monique also believes her daughter has body dysmorphia and thinks Treasure’s time on social media has twisted her mind. Spirit, a popular therapist from Atlanta, called out the death of her father as the point her racial identity took a turn for the worst.
“We have issues around culture, we have issues around class, we have issues around racial identity, and we have issues around self-esteem,” Spirit says. “It’s not that she hates Black people; it’s that she hates herself, and she wants her old life back.”
Mental health is real, you guys. Watch clips from the Dr. Phil episode above.