A 16-year-old black girl has appeared on an episode of the US talk show Dr Phil insisting that she is caucasian.
The girl, named Treasure, believes that she is a white person and that she is superior to other black people.
She appeared on the show with her mother and brother, who had contacted Dr Phil, in the hope that his expertise in psychology could help her out of fears in regards to her mental well-being.
In a clip played before she spoke in front of the live studio audience, Treasure explained why her appearance, specifically citing the natural straightness of her hair, is a key indicator as to why she is white.
She also says several things which could be interpreted as racist in tone, mentioning that she considers black people to be ugly and that she is superior, before saying that African-Americans think in a "criminal way".
When I think about African-Americans I feel like asking them, 'What is wrong with them?'
They are really dangerous. If an African-American is on the same street as I am, I'll cross the street to avoid their thuggish and chaotic ways.
Throughout her appearance on the show, she claims that she knows she is biologically white as she can feel it in her blood and in her veins.
Her mother, Monique, believes that her daughter's identity crisis started in 2006 after her white husband, who was not Treasure's father, died.
Her aversion to black people apparently started as a child, when she would avoid playing with other black children and playing with black dolls.
Monique also fears that Treasures beliefs may cause her to fall in with white supremacist groups, who she claims to identify with.
It makes me feel good to put down African-Americans because it helps them stay in their place.
I identify with the Klu Klux Klan because the way they believe is just so smart. White is right.
She also makes attempts to defend her views, which she believes are not ignorant of problematic, and that she has no issues with herself.
There’s nothing wrong with my views or beliefs because I have freedom of speech and everything I’m saying is true.
I don’t have any issues with myself. I think God made one perfect person — it’s me.
Later in the show, Dr Phil introduces Treasure to a life coach from Atlanta, Georgia, called Spirit, who gives her analysis of the situation.
We have issues around culture, we have issues around class, we have issues around racial identity, and we have issues around self-esteem.
It’s not that she hates black people; it’s that she hates herself, and she wants her old life back.
Spirit also invites Treasure to shadow her in Atlanta to see how inspiring other black women can be, which she repeatedly refused.