A woman says her 16-year-old African-American daughter is racist against her own race. The teen insists she’s white and calls black people, rude, obnoxious and “hood rats.”
Self-hatred is nothing to laugh about—neither are delusional tendencies. That said, there was something so surreal about the spectacle of a 16-year-old black girl named Treasure insisting she was white on Dr. Phil’s unbelievably long-running talk show on Wednesday that The Root staff couldn’t help but shake our heads in confusion and laugh uncomfortably.
Was it for real? We’re still debating that amongst ourselves, since Treasure’s outrageous behavior was eerily like an Atlanta episode come to life. But if it was a performance, the teenager kept it up admirably well.
Dr. Phil’s other guest, Atlanta-based life coach “Spirit,” broke down the girl’s bizarre behavior pretty succinctly when she said: “It’s not that she hates black people; it’s that she hates herself.”
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