Nationwide — Treasure, a 16-year old African American girl, recently appeared on Dr. Phil and boldy said that she aligns herself with a certain group of people who are “perfect” just like her. And that group, she says, are Caucasians.
Treasure explained to Dr. Phil producers that in her opinion, white people don’t have any problems whatsoever, and that’s why her role models are Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump.
But her mom, Monique, says she has no clue why Treasure began identifying as Caucasian as a small child and also has racist views against other African-Americans. Both Monique and her son, Kendal, say it is extremely painful and embarrassing to be somewhere in public and hear Treasure make disrespectful remarks to someone just because they’re black.
So how did Treasure end up with such extremist views at age 16? Dr. Phil discusses how this family can make changes while approaching such a highly sensitive topic. And, he introduces Spirit, a licensed therapist and life coach, for Treasure to learn from as a role model.
“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.”