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. Greg

    This lady did nothing wrong. I am black and I have worked with white people in the past and have found out that white people use the "N" word all the time, whether it be around black people or not. Black people have not let the word die and have in fact made it a trendy term so why are we still so surprised when we hear white people use it? She obviously did not follow up the "N" word with derogatory slander so what is the big deal?

    August 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      I agree, Though I did not like Dr. Laura's tone...I think that all she did "wrong" was be rude to the caller.

      She should not have too, nor should she have apologized for saying the "N" word. If she wanted to say sorry, She could have said "sorry I used Jades personal problem as a platform that allowed me,to express my personal opinion about Obama and blacks in general".

      I mean good greif Jade called her for help, and she spouted off as if she were a GOP candidate running for office...LOL....

      August 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • llp

      Agree but I do find the word distastefull even if you are just repeating it. I also find it disturbing that the people who use this word the most find it to be so offensive. Being hispanic you would never hear a deragatory slur to other hispanics come out of my mouth. I respect myself therefore can demand respect from others. I live in the south and can say that I have never encountered overt racism in my life. It seems to me that some people get some kind of payoff by holding on to the idea that they are somehow opressed.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • penny

      I do think Dr. Laura is rude; I think she makes a living being rude. I disagree with a lot of her opinions; I do not, however, think she is a racist.She is an older woman, and I think she is genuinely confused, as to why she hears it all the time, and yet, when she says the word, (saying black people say "n," "n," "n," all the time), that everyone gets offended.
      As a white woman, from Louisiana, I learned as a child, you can not say that word; yet, now, I hear it all the time, from black co-workers. It isn't a word, like, "turkey," that can, or can not, be bad; the "n" word is a word that has no "funny" association to anything! It is a word that should have died out years ago: I am offended that I have to hear it, and i am not black! I have an Autistic son; I recently I had to tell a black friend to stop saying the "n" word around him. If he were to go to school, and say that word out loud, he would be in danger of being physically attacked; he also would be suspended. He has no grasp of why he can not say it, because he hears Ms. Mary say it, "all the time." I would have preferred that he never hear that word his entire life, but who did he hear it from?

      August 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TPN

      I was very surprised at her lack of listening to the caller and going off on a rant! Caller never got to talk.

      August 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      I agree, the usage of the "N" word is overused in the black community, so if they can use it, so can anyone. If blacks want the word to be stopped in the English language then they need to stop using it. I consider this a derogatory word referring to black people just like the words, "white trash", "trailer trash" or "white N's". The word "HICK" is also a derogatory word, shall we stop using that one also?? I think words like that refer to the type of people and not the defining of an entire race.

      August 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      I was very disapointed in Dr. Laura, I think she lost her way during the phone call.I thought she was an educated women. She should know that it is not okay for anyone to use that word. I am African American and do not use the n word. During the phone call Dr. Laura kept digging her hole deeper and deeper with her comments, Don't NAACP me? Don't marry out of your race? Dont be Hypersensitive? Well Dr. Laura "Don't be on the air any longer!" I think she was a closet bigot who has now stepped out of the closet.The truth is revealed. I am no longer a fan.

      August 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkB

      Theory – My ancestors fought and died to free yours. One was even hanged by a mob in Missouri because he was an abolitionist. Does that convey to me the right to use that word? Of course not. Respectfully, I would suggest that no one, black or white, use that term.

      From my observation of black usage, it generally is used in just as degrading a manner as when a white uses it. Perhaps it stings more, but the intent is the same. If it's used as a term of endearment, it's a particularly ignorant one.

      Being a descendant of slaves really bestows no virtues on you or your race, I'm afraid. No more than being a descendant of a Union captain and descended from an abolitionist brings any particular moral advantage to me.
      Perhaps you should put your efforts into abolishing the use of that word, rather than try to retain it as a nasty perogative for yourself. If you want to perpetuate victimhood far past the generations who actually suffered, keep using the tools that caused the suffering.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • mason

      @Theory... no one could ever understand your pain of slavery? what about the Jews? they were slaves much much longer than the black man. If the word is so hurtful then STOP USING IT YOURSELVES! If white peopel started doing something and said "oh no, blacks cant do this" the NAACP would be all over the issue. If white people had a excluseive Scholarship for only white people, again, the NAACP would be protesting. If two people of equal qualifications apply for a job, one white, one black, and the white man gets hired the black man can sue and the again the NAACP would be there. S

      August 18, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      I have listened to Dr. Laura for years...She really needs to retire...she has gotten hateful and arrogant to lots of callers about alot of subjects...sometimes she's just plain wrong...Have often wondered is that's why her only son joined the Army...would hate to have her for a mother-in-law...can't help but wonder if other listeners agree with this.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Meggy Gulbranson

      Yes Greg: I agree with you. Still Dr. Laura tends to be insensive and hyper critical of most callers. Both white and black should be able to use the word if the black community does. I was a college teacher and some William Faulkner stories that kept alive the racial divide of the south but reporting accurately and historically with an accurate ear for tone and dialect often contained the "N" word. Stories that were completely sympathetic to the black man were unable to be taught because one could not read a paragraph with "N" word out loud without being considered a racist. These stories illuminated the problem because they historically preserved the problem.

      August 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonnyUTSA

      Now that I read it in context, I dont understand why she appoligized. Isn't it true what she said about HBO and other venues that you hear the N- word spewed? Yes it is. So why cant we comment and talk about it? Im more offended my the typical rap song where evey other work is n-, n-, n-, black men killing other black men and the talk about the black woman like she is trash. Until black stop calling themselves n-, few whites will take you seriously about this word, dont get upset when we comment on it.

      August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Your's is the most intellegent entry so far. Thank you!

      August 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue22

      Theory – the fact that your family has gone through what they have, and you continue to think it's ok for you to use the word, just because you are black, makes you a complete idiot. It's a ghetto word now and only people with no class, black OR white, still use it. You justifying use of the word because you are black is shameful to your relatives' legacy. Get a clue. Your "pain" is a joke. If you had any respect for yourself as a black person, you would be on the bandwagon making that word disappear.

      August 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Greg, I just want to say that maybe you know some white people that use the N word. I never use that word, ever. It's not allowed in my home, and I would never hear someone I know use it without confronting them. Please don't include me in your generalization.

      August 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Greg, you are correct. She did not call anyone the n word. She simply was stating a fact. The word is used all the time by blacks on TV-she did not call anyone the n word. She was trying to make a point and in doing so Jade twisted the whole conversation because like Dr. Laura said–she is too sensitive. GET OVER IT.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      As far as Dr. Laura being rude-she isn't –she is simply straight forward and we are too sensitive. Get to the point, stop the BS. You ask a question it gets answered. No need to put on kid gloves as to not offend anyone. That is what our problem is now–have to be politically correct. Have to give it to Benny, read his comment, this is how stupid this race talk is-Adrienne–why did you even listen to Dr. Laura if you didn't like her? What kind of advice do you need? My advice to you–stop listening to talk shows you don't like.That seems pretty simple to me. BOO HOO–I am so sensitive...

      August 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetOverIt You were never a slave

      @THEORY
      All of those terrible things did not happen because of the N-word. Thats idiotic. Those things happened as a result of a specific social and cultural environment. The N-word is also a result of that environment.
      The fate of your ancestors was not caused by the N-word.
      On another note, You were NEVER a slave.
      There will always be ignorant mean people in life. Get over yourself, get over your race and get on with your life.

      August 19, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nilo

      Greg, you're clearly a moron. I'm black and took offense to how Dr. Laura attempted to shine some 'good' on the word. The fact of the matter is the caller was genuinely concerned with her interracial marriage and Dr Laura basically shat on it and told her there is no hope because apparently, "black people are hyper-sensitive."

      Greg, I bet you're one of the idiots.

      Thanks,

      August 19, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandi

      I agree with you Greg, I'm black, and although I've said the word, I do not believe a word is limited to one race. I do think that some people may abuse the word in a hateful way, but she was basically saying if you can say then I should be able to say it and that is true. Blacks always say that we want equal rights, but we are always complaining about that things that even our race does. We should just stop saying that word all together because to me anybody can be a n-, you dont have to black white, pink or blue.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Get a Life

      I think a lot of people are making a big deal about nothing.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • FredBarnes

      Please someone say it, the word I mean. I just don't know what the "N" word is or what "n-" refers to. PLEASE SOMEONE on this board tell me-because CNN certainly won't !! People I "m begging here....

      August 20, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Laura Schlessinger sez-" 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."
      -In response to the caller's question about how much she should put up with her white husband's friends using the N word around her- That is excellent advice? and she's making what point again? Look at that in it's real context folks, Dr. Laura isn't talking about free speech, it's an advice show and she's telling a black caller to put up with her husband's friends calling her a n*gger! Then telling her that it's her own fault for not marrying a black guy! Thank God she isn't a real doctor. and good riddance.

      August 20, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Cry me a river. We have children starving in the streets and this lady can't even rise above someone elses ignorance. What is the world coming to?

      August 20, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • GayFish

      The big deal is that the caller was obviously offended by what her husband and his friends were saying, and is obviously not one of the black people to use the n word so casually as some do, but Dr. Laura took that opportunity to vent all her, I don't know, frustrations, with black people to her listeners. It shows a hint of racism. And besides that, what she started saying had NOTHING to do with what the caller was saying, she didn't even let her speak, she didn't listen. It was like she was waiting for that sort of call to come in so that she could finally get out all the problems she has with black people.

      Before I read this transcript I thought that maybe she was just misunderstood or taken out of context, because she does have a point, but the way she completely dismissed the callers comments and concerns, she wasn't taken out of context because the rant she went on had no context to what the caller was calling about, and she did in fact say some pretty racism things.

      It's obvious that some black people use the n word, I think its mabye their way of taking the stigma away from it, taking the power away from people who would use the word as a derogatory, I don't know that's just speculation. But it's also obvious that most black people are deeply offended by the word, and rightfully so. There is some serious history behind it. I honestly don't know one black person that would throw that word around like that. Dr Laura was stereotyping, which shows ignorance, and she completely ignored the comments and concerns the caller had, which shows her agenda.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Porky

      I've never cared for this dingbat and just shrugged when I hear the news of her 'using the N-word 11 times in a rant with an African American caller'. I thought she must have gone off the rails and just thought good riddance. However, something made me queasy as the story continued to circulate, yet no further details emerged beyond 'used the word 11 times' so I had to dig back to here for a transcript... Sure she is silly to have tried to make the point she did the way she did, and she lacked the same sensitivity of her caller if we are going to crybaby over that, but the real baddies are the ones that have taken this and run with it and tried to escalate it to trump up yet another race crisis at a time when things are already friggin' bad enough!

      August 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lee

    The"n" word,like many other words in the english language,has many defenitions. It's improper for a white person particularly or other groups to use this word. Why are non-blacks particularly white people desirious to use this word openly?

    August 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      you are funny. white people "desirous" to use this word? LOL

      August 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      If you are going to use big boy words, either know how to spell or use spell check!! (Desirous, not Desirious)

      August 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      I'm a black man not boy. Perhaps you should use proper gender terms

      August 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • penny

      How does Bob know you are "big?"
      Bob, "boy" is also a racial slur.
      Bob, how do you know Lee is "big."

      August 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LISA AUSTIN

      If a word is offensive it should be offensive when ANYONE says it, within or outside of their race.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of the BS

      lee, gender refers to being male or female.

      August 13, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't understand

      So now "boy" is a racial slur? That is what Laura was talking about when she mentioned hypersensitivity. Still not one person has addressed the reason blacks can use the word but whites can't...

      August 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Reader

      White people desire to use the word for the same reason black people do: to refer to a black person. It's distasteful for sure. But it is no less distasteful when a black man uses it than when a white man does.

      August 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      See, way , way to sensitive....

      August 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lisa

    I was in wal mart, in a very slow line. After 20 minutes, my boyfriend and I were just about checked out, when a lady came in, and wanted to return something with the cashier ( which you can't do, you have to go to cust. service.) after 3 more minutes, we asked the cashier to please let us run our card, so we could be on our way....At which time the woman customer said, " I was here first!!! I've already checked out, she made a mistake, stop acting like an ignorant ( insert n word here)" The cashier chimed in "yeah, stop being ignorant" I was so shocked, all I could say was " I would NEVER use that word, and you should be ashamed that you did.... Want to know the weird part? THEY were black, and WE are white!!!! Needless to say, after I got over the shock, I called the manager when I got home, and the cashier apologized. This was 4 months after I moved from Nevada to North Carolina.... I've seen some hateful things here.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      If you can.. move away... racism and bigotry run rampant here in the South. During job interviews, I have been blackballed for being from NY. Interestingly, there is no law, federal or state, that protects your civil liberties if they are violated because of which region of the country you used to live in. I may have to put a gun rack on my BMW so I can fit in down here! I have never been more uncomfortable in my life. Even after several years of acclimation, and learning the rules of the South.. I am still not accepted in many circles. There are many people that think damn yankee is one word. I guess I am being hypersensitive! If I was still single with out the responsibily of a family, I would not live here. In fact I would probably move out of this country; it is filled with materialistic egotistical do nothing bigots and intolerants. Get er done! (Can I say that? or is that me being a bigot?)...Hey when in Rome.. yeah that may be a place to go. Hmmmm I wonder if I can find all the silver and gold I buried and bring it with me.

      August 16, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MuDdLe

      @Aaron Just before I moved (13 yrs ago) to the ATL area from a small town in Minnesota, an editorial in the local paper there included a rant about how backward and racist people are in the south. I worried. Then I moved here, into a mixed neighborhood (about 50/50 B/W) and found that people were generally doing a splendid job of getting along. The real irony is that the racism against blacks (mainly among the blue collar types and my kids' high school classmates) in that nearly all white town was far more strongly pronounced than anything I've encountered here. I've come to love living in the south and would not consider living anywhere else at this point.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Lisa, hateful things in NC? There are hateful things everywhere. Just because it didn't happen to you in Nevada doesn't mean it doesn't go on. You shouldn't have waited until you got home...you should have had the nerve to confront it at the store. You sound like you are probably a nice person...and you need to stay nice, however, you should not be scared to stand up for what is right.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJonLI

      Lisa, I had a huge adjustment to make in our move from NY to NC. Not only is there more predjudice down south, but there was a huge amount of reverse predjudice that I faced because I was white. Never understood predjudice at all. Each person's actions and character determine their worth to me in this world. Everyone is equal in my eyes. Wish all this crap could just go away.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Yocie

    Why do African American always make it an issue of discrimination? When them themselves say it to each other all the time? I have many African American friends and actually my niece is married to an African American and I hear them say it to each other all the time. Are they being racist to each other? No, it's just a word that some African Americans have used to start this racial war against everybody. All it is it's a word.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Med13

      While I agree that the N-word for all intents and purposes is just a word the problem remains that words have the power to hurt people. Under the wrong direction cars become weapons, and in my opinion words are much the same. We have to be careful as to the intent we have when we speak not only to individuals of a different race but to each other as people in general. I don't believe truly that the N-word should ever be used in the context of a joke or as an example of speech demonstrated by African Americans. In reality racism is still prevalent in this country only it has become much more subversive and hidden by the culture in which we reside. This is a nation that has evolved by the persecution and exploitation of many different types of people including blacks, American Indians, children, the ignorant, immigrants and many others. Words that were used as a derogatory term to put down individuals under subjugation are no less derogatory 100 years later. This is because the intent behind the word never had any positive connotation to begin with nor does it now. It's not a "black thing" it's a human thing to be offended when a word with such a negative context is used so cavalierly.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I think that we need to be more accurate with our statements here. African-Americans don't always make it an issue of discrimination; most often, I find that Caucasians make it an issue. The last time I checked, African-Americans were not sitting in the executive offices or even the editors' offices of the major news networks. I don't think that African-Americans deserve any blame in this situation.

      August 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark-D

      Yocie, how can i explain to you the use of this word? First and foremost blacks have to stop calling themselves African-Americans. I am a American who happens to be black, I have never been to Africa and do not know anything about the people over there. Once black people here in America move away from that term only then can we move forward. The term African-American continues to drive the wedge between the blacks and the whites and any other culture in America. Now to address the N-word, that term started in Africa by early explorers roughing it throught the Congo and Nigeria. They cam upon the Niger river and it's people, the people painted their faces white, the explorers thought thye were dead people and since the could not understand each other during communication attempts; the explorers thought they were ignorant. Thus the term N____r! came to be, meaning dead, dumb, ignorant! This term should not be used by anyone I don't care what color you are or where you come from. I hope this enlightens you, later Mark-D

      August 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ff

      Are you unable to understand that context plays a large role in creating meaning?

      August 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      A WHITE CAN BE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kristen

    Dr. Laura's use of the N-word on a nationally carried radio program is no more than a reflection of what goes on in many peoples homes and circles of friends. Racism is still as prevalent in the United States as it was when the N-word was first used to demean the recipients of the term. The only difference between past and present is that the ugliness of racism lies just under the surface of our culture rather than on the streets and at the drinking fountains, pools, restaurants and restrooms.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Vikki Stea

      What is disturbing to me is that she never really considered the woman's original issue with the white neighbor. I do think he was being racist when he was asking "Do you black people.....? There are sometimes sub cultural differences in food preferences for instances depending on locality but it sounded like he was trying to isolate her as part of "them".

      August 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • penny

      Kristin, you are right, racism is alive in the US. You are aware, however, that black people are racist, too?

      August 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      Hi Kristen,

      Isn't the real point that she was DESCRIBING a situation, and not CALLING someone a name. C'mon now.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blake

      You are so correct. My concern is there are so many people that need someone to direct their lives that they are willing to listen to anything to feel they are going in the right direction. People like Dr. Laura, come with hats as pastors, advisors, counselors, policemen, businessmen etc. Sometimes we need to analyze our path and write down where we are and why. Then write down where we would like to be and how to get there. Take baby steps to correct situations in your life and move forward to bigger steps. Stop allowing ourselves to feel weak and let people who are just as confused as the victims feed our minds. The majority of them can't help themselves, nor do they listen and possess half the knowledge they are given credit.

      August 18, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Boney

    I often ask people of different religions, races etc about things-simply because I am curious and want to understand more about them. Is that wrong? Does that make me racist? I think by knowing and understanding differences makes for better interaction.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Boney, I think the only way to prevent racism is by asking questions and sharing knowledge. I applaud your effort and feel that African-Americans and other ethnic groups have a social obligation to educate others if they really care about ending racism. Bravo Boney!

      August 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbyrd

      There is a way to inquire without being offensive or derogatory.

      August 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. ceci

    This caller called in with hopes of getting a professional response from who she thought was a professional personality. Instead she found out that not all radio personality are smart. Laura thought that this was the perfect opportunity for her to us the "N" word. She also thought that was not enough, so she got something else off of her chest. She dishes out the advise of not marrying outside of one's race. She also commented of "blacks voted for President Obama because he was black". That has absolutely nothing to do with the caller's complaint. Laura is just a poor excuse for a pig who has a heavy chip on her shoulder. If she did not have a professional answer for the caller, she should just shut-up and take some sensitivity classes.
    All of the years that she has spent in school just prove to us that she has not learn anything. She has just embarassed the schools that she has attended.

    August 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RREB

      I completely agree. She was extremely insensitive and threw the word and other 'black' comments in her face just to prove to her how 'hypersensitive' the caller was. It is shameful, and I think Dr. Laura needs a serious sensitivity awakening.

      August 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaz

      Dr Laura was not saying mix race should not marry, she was saying that if you are going to be super sensitive, then maybe you should not marry outside your race so you are not offended. a big difference.

      August 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JTav8r

      The answer is not to have Dr. Laura (or anyone else) take "sensitivity classes". People need to understand that we are not given a "right" to not be offended. Instead of being so worried about getting offended, get some thick skin, whatever color it may happen to be.
      The question that Dr. Laura raised is: why is it OK for black people to use the N word and yet not for others? If the word offends you (and I believe that it should offend anyone (to the point of not using it) then you should be "outraged" when it is used by anyone.
      And by the way, it shows a lack of sensitivity to tell someone that they need to get their thinking or their beliefs "straightened out".

      August 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously

      Your comments indicate you don't listen to Dr. Laura. You indicate that this caller called in for professional advise. Have you ever listened to this program???? Dr. Laura is snippety, rude, and unashamedly forthright. That is who she is and why she is successful.
      If I had a problem I really wanted help with, I wouldn't call the Dr.Laura show. But, boy do I enjoy listening to the people silly enough to call 🙂

      August 19, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. howie_30

    What a storm in a tea-cup, somebody was looking for a argument or they got out of bed the wrong side this morning.
    Adios, Howie.

    August 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    They can call each others the N word, but we white folks can't. Some do act like bunch of N, and some act like blacks. There is a big difference.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolina

      AAAAAmennnnn

      August 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      There is a percentage of every race that acts in a way that is contrary to the good of society... even "we whites". That does not excuse bad behavior. You can do lots of things in our country that are counterproductive to the progress of our grand society. Real patriots, however, should choose to walk a different path.

      August 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • yogi

      and what do blacks act like?...i'd prefer the usage of the word human beings although i am still not comfortable with your comment.

      August 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. russell

    the blacks use the word like a weapon in a war if they want a war i think we should give it to them

    August 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRAVEL

      Russell you are a complete idiot!! African Americans don't use the word like it's a weapon,but I guess if individuals like you see it that way, things will remain the same. TOO BAD FOR MOST OF THE RACIST IN AMERICA YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKENING IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS. NO ONE IS PURE SO GET WITH IT....REMEMBER AMERICA IS A MELTING POT AND I DONT SEE IT CHANGING ANYTIME SOON!!!

      August 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. russell

    ceci your a idiot

    August 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudCanadian

      check your grammar Russel

      August 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fudgecrapper

    Maybe she should life in prison for insultin chigs by usin the R word? (reggin spelled backards)

    August 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whiz1

    She felt comfortable using the N-word....well...I feel comfortable in calling her ugly!

    August 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George

    There is a double standard with the "n" word, so the good doctor is right on that one–all she was saying is that black personalities use it. But, she did a poor job of addressing the caller's concerns. For example, there was no reason to bring Obama up. Sure, a lot of blacks voted for him because he was "black,"; but, then, so did even more whites. And, none of that had anything to do with the caller's concerns.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Amen George....

      I caught that right away, poor Jade...her problem was put on the back burner for sure..It made me think we could expect to see Dr. Laura's name on the GOP ticket for 2012...LOL

      August 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • fudgecrapper

      any white dummie that voted for him SURELY made a mistake!

      August 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • fudgecrapper

      a white fool that voted for him because he was black...that being the only resson needs to be castrated. Black people will never take up for white over their own kind, yet whites being stupid will do just that...so you are right, many foolish whites voted for OBOZA just because he was black. That is the poorest reason that ANYONE could have for voting for anyone! Obama is simply in way over his head and that is why his blackness causes him to have to work overtime just to figure out how to function among whites that have been experienced within his political realm. The correct black to have voted for would have been Colin Powell if blackness was a main voting credential, which it WAS!

      August 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fudgecrapper

    Chris Rock calls his mother using that epithet...why should Dr. Laura be castigated for saying it a few hundred thousand times?

    August 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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