“Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n****, n*****, n*****. I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing.”
These are the careless spoken words of Dr. Laura Schlessinger. They were said and repeated by the radio talk-show host on Tuesday, when a caller called into her broadcast seeking advice. The caller, a black woman is married to a white man and began expressing her frustrations over certain words her husband and his family and friends use in her presence.
The caller expected the well respected Dr. Laura – who holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons – to offer some “no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility.” Instead, the caller was spoken to in a demeaning manner by the doctor who used the “N” word a total of 11 times in 5 minutes.
Dr. Laura, who holds a post-doctoral certification in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Southern California, had some final words for the caller;
“If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry outside of your race.”
The story made its way on major networks like CNN and spread like wild fire when the twitter community got wind of what was said. Seeing her reputation and possible carrier going down faster than you can say “Dr. Laura is a racist,” she saw the need to post an apology on her website early Wednesday morning, saying;
“I talk every day about doing the right thing. And yesterday, I did the wrong thing.
I didn’t intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done.
I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the “n” word all the way out – more than one time. And that was wrong. I’ll say it again – that was wrong.
I ended up, I’m sure, with many of you losing the point I was trying to make, because you were shocked by the fact that I said the word. I, myself, realized I had made a horrible mistake, and was so upset I could not finish the show. I pulled myself off the air at the end of the hour. I had to finish the hour, because 20 minutes of dead air doesn’t work. I am very sorry. And it just won’t happen again.”
But the damage was already done. Dr. Laura will now forever be remembered with the likes of Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who’ve proven to the world how insensitive they are about racism in America, and the tarnish history of our past.
- Dr. Laura Defends Use Of the “N” Word And Tells Woman “Don’t N Double ACP Me” (alan.com)
- Dr. Laura Schlessinger Apologizes For Use of N Word (themoderatevoice.com)
- “Dr Laura” Goes Into On-Air Racial Tirade (pinkbananaworld.com)