For many of us, Rachel Dolezal was our first introduction to the term “transracial,” believing herself to be a Black woman, even while knowing both of her parents are White.
A recent episode of Dr. Phil has now brought us Treasure, a 16-year-old Black teen who identifies as White while holding extremely offensive views of African-Americans.
“I’m White. I’m a Caucasian because everything about me is different from an African-American,” Treasure proclaimed on the talk show. “I have naturally straight hair, my hair is not nappy, it doesn’t require a weave. My nose is not giant, like African-Americans, my lips are perfect…when it comes to Black people, I think they’re all ugly and I have nothing in common with them. White people act and think just way more mature than African-Americans. Black people, they think in a criminal way.”
Treasure’s mother, Monique, explained that her daughter’s hatred for Black people began when she was just five-years-old, believing her daughter’s identity crisis began with the death of her husband in 2006, who was white. She allowed Treasure and her brother to believe they were biracial because her husband was the only father they’d known.
After his passing, Monique told them the truth, increasing Treasure’s hate for black people even more.
“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.”
Show therapist, Spirit, also believes the passing of the only dad she knew triggered her self-hatred.
“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.”
Watch the segment below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.