August 13th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Dr. Laura's rant: In her own words

Racial comments made by talk radio host Laura Schlessinger during an on-air conversation with a caller this week have created a national furor. The issue has spawned heated responses from commentators and her listeners. iReporters are also weighing in.

In an apology posted on her blog, Schlessinger acknowledged she "did the wrong thing" in using the N-word several times during a conversation with a caller on Tuesday. The African-American woman had called to seek advice on how to deal with racist comments from her white husband's friends and relatives.

The conversation evolved into a discussion on whether it's appropriate to ever use the word, with Schlessinger arguing that it's used on HBO and by black comedians.

"I was attempting to make a philosophical point," she said on her blog. "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."

Here is a complete transcript of the exchange after the break, with the exception of the full N-word when used by Schlessinger and the caller.

SCHLESSINGER: Jade, welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hi, Dr. Laura.

SCHLESSINGER: Hi.

CALLER: I'm having an issue with my husband where I'm starting to grow very resentful of him. I'm black, and he's white. We've been around some of his friends and family members who start making racist comments as if I'm not there or if I'm not black. And my husband ignores those comments, and it hurts my feelings. And he just acts like ...

SCHLESSINGER: Well, can you give me an example of a racist comment? 'Cause sometimes people are hypersensitive. So tell me what's, give me two good examples of racist comments.

CALLER: OK. Last night – good example – we had a neighbor come over, and this neighbor, when every time he comes over, it's always a black comment. It's, "Oh, well, how do you black people like doing this?" And, "Do black people really like doing that?" And for a long time, I would ignore it. But last night, I got to the point where it ...

SCHLESSINGER: I don't think that's racist.

CALLER: Well, the stereotype ...

SCHLESSINGER: I don't think that's racist. No, I think that ...

CALLER: [unintelligible]

SCHLESSINGER: No, no, no. I think that's, well, listen, without giving much thought, a lot of blacks voted for Obama simply 'cause he was half-black. Didn't matter what he was gonna do in office, it was a black thing. You gotta know that. That's not a surprise. Not everything that somebody says. ... We had friends over the other day; we got about 35 people here. The guys who were gonna start playing basketball. I was going to go out and play basketball. My bodyguard and my dear friend is a black man. And I said, "White men can't jump; I want you on my team." That was racist? That was funny.

CALLER: How about the N-word? So, the N-word's been thrown around ...

SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n-–, n-–, n-–.

CALLER: That isn't ...

SCHLESSINGER: 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. Don't hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don't go away.

I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I'll be right back.

[Commercial break. Segment opens with Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" playing]

SCHLESSINGER: I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talking to Jade. What did you think about during the break, by the way?

CALLER: I was a little caught back by the N-word that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you. But my point is, race relations ...

SCHLESSINGER: Oh, then I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any black comedians.

CALLER: But that doesn't make it right. I mean, race is a ...

SCHLESSINGER: My dear, my dear ...

CALLER: ... since Obama's been in office ...

SCHLESSINGER: ... the point I'm trying to make ...

CALLER: ... racism has come to another level that's unacceptable.

SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. We've got a black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious.

CALLER: But I think, honestly, 'cause there's more white people afraid of a black man taking over the nation.

SCHLESSINGER: They're afraid.

CALLER: If you want to be honest about it ...

SCHLESSINGER: Dear, they voted him in. Only 12 percent of the population's black. Whites voted him in.

CALLER: It was the younger generation that did it. It wasn't the older white people who did it.

SCHLESSINGER: Oh, OK.

CALLER: It was the younger generation ...

SCHLESSINGER: All right. All right.

CALLER: ... that did it.

SCHLESSINGER: Chip on your shoulder. I can't do much about that.

CALLER: It's not like that.

SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. I think you have too much sensitivity ...

CALLER: So it's OK to say "n-–"?

SCHLESSINGER: ... and not enough sense of humor.

CALLER: It's OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it's said.

CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?

SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it's said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it's OK.

CALLER: But you're not black. They're not black. My husband is white.

SCHLESSINGER: Oh, I see. So, a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can't do much about that.

CALLER: I can't believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the "n-–" word, and I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: I didn't spew out the "n-–" word.

CALLER: You said, "n-–, n-–, n-–."

SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that's what you hear.

CALLER: Everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.

CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I'll say it again ...

CALLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?

SCHLESSINGER: ... n-–, n-–, n-– is what you hear on HBO ...

CALLER: So what makes it ...

SCHLESSINGER: Why don't you let me finish a sentence?

CALLER: OK.

SCHLESSINGER: Don't take things out of context. Don't double N, NAACP me. Tape the ...

CALLER: I know what the NAACP ...

SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.

CALLER: I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a white person. And I know the white person made it bad.

SCHLESSINGER: All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can't have this argument. You know what? If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race. If you're going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, "OK, what do blacks think? What do whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think?" Of course there isn't a one-think per se. But in general there's "think."

And what I just heard from Jade is a lot of what I hear from black-think - and it's really distressing and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the N-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to black comics, you hear "n-–, n-–, n-–." I didn't call anybody a n-–. Nice try, Jade.

Actually, sucky try.

Need a sense of humor, sense of humor - and answer the question. When somebody says, "What do blacks think?" say, "This is what I think. This is what I read that if you take a poll the majority of blacks think this." Answer the question and discuss the issue. It's like we can't discuss anything without saying there's -isms?

We have to be able to discuss these things. We're people. Goodness gracious me. Ah, ah, hypersensitivity, OK, which is being bred by black activists. I really thought that once we had a black president, the attempt to demonize whites hating blacks would stop, but it seems to have grown, and I don't get it. Yes, I do. It's all about power. I do get it. It's all about power, and that's sad because what should be in power is not power but righteousness, to do good. That should be the greatest power.

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  1. Walter Kane

    Please check face book comments by me on this stupid issue.It's a no brainer.Al Sharpton should get on with stopping the abuse of the N- WORD by the people who use it so openly " BLACKS" I'm sick and tiered of blacks using it in public so the whole world can hear.How can people of other color raise their children in a decent way when they hear the language "Blacks"use around them and you have to try and explain "YOU" will be condemned if you ever utter that word.
    comments welcomed,
    Walter

    August 17, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Walter Kane

    Just made a mistake on spelling (tired) .I think i have said enough on this issue.
    Walter

    August 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    What a completely clueless woman! And now she's quitting to "gain her first amendment rights?" Puhlease. If you say offensive crap on the radio and others complain, that is NOT losing your "first amendment rights." That's just other people exercising their first amendment rights! That's just some heat in the kitchen. We can all rejoice if this loud-mouthed coward has finally decided to get OUT of the kitchen. But she loves the sound of her own hideous screeching voice, so God only knows where she'll resurface next to try and regain, not her never-lost rights, but the limelight she is addicted to!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Max

    Dr. Laura is and always has been a sham. Her doctorate is in Kinesiology, which is admriable. To be called "DR" Laura on some call in show only serves to perpetuate her sham and lead people to think she has a doctorate in something relating to psychology. Her whole rant of getting married and not "shacking up" was blown up years ago when nude photos of her showed up on the net. Good riddance to an overblown, overhyped aging windbag.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sarah

    notice how the WORD is not even spelled out in context. that is how ridiculously PC (and dishonest) society has become. Use words carefully but DO report accurately, verbatim.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandy

    Dr. Laura is either an idiot or incompetent, I'll leave the choice up to her. The question is, is this malpratice? Exp: Patient has headache, patient goes to doctor. The doctor tells patient she has no headache, in fact she is crazy, then she kicks her in the shin on the way out of her office. Is this malpratice? Is she a real doctor? Who is this person? Would you take her advice? ummmm...

    August 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Hansen

    I don't usually tune in to her show, because i think she is sometimes too self righteous to be entertaining for me. Though i do not think what she said was racist, she didn't seem to get to what the person was talking about. She kept going like a freight train.To bad that one of the talents people need the most, is one they rarely use. It's called listening.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sandy

    Richard, she was listening, the problem is the caller was not saying what Laura wanted to hear. So she decided to rewrite the woman problem.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sandy

    The world needs to know, that intelligent people do not use the N- word.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sandy

    Rusell, Your mother may not love you, it shows. But God does,God bless you son.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sandy

    Russel my son, did you say monkey? Thank God you know who your daddy is. Peace man.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jackson VonHammerstein

    The "N" word is a bad word. That being the case, it is permitted on on certain broadcasts more than the "a**" word ... go figure.

    August 18, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Noel

    Freedom of speech! Laura is not allowed, according to the caller, to say certain words because she is white. And now LAURA is considered the racist?!?!?!?!

    August 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Noel

    This caller will complain that she is not allowed to use certain bathrooms and water fountains because she is black, and in the same breath will tell Laura that there are certain words that she is not allowed to use because she is white. Public school logic............

    August 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. george

    It's about time this woman went away. She's only God in her own mind. Bunch of lost sheep is all who call her. Quit calling her, quit going to her website. Let her fade off into oblivion.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
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