Audio: Dr. Laura Schlessinger uses the n-word on her radio show


Updated: Friday,12 pm

Another radio jockey has fallen into controversy thanks to a few too many choice words. Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who often delivers tough advice about relationships to women, gave out some advice on Wednesday many listeners did not appreciate. To help an African-American woman deal with her husband's racist friends, Schlessinger let loose a string of n-words.

"I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing," Schlessinger said.

The talk show host went on to say she had a black best friend who she joked around with about race and that many 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."

The listener, who gave her name as Jade, said, "I was a little caught back by the N-word that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you."

Just as a warning, Schlessinger and Jade use the n-word a number of times in the exchange. Listen to the full audio here:

The next day, Dr. Laura, as she is referred to by fans, apologized for using the n-word repeatedly. She said, "I didn't intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done."

Dr. Laura is not the first radio jockey to find herself in a stew over strong comments said on air. Don Imus, host of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, lost his job after he referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." He returned to the airwaves in 2008.

rush.jpg Rush Limbaugh (left) (AP Photo/Rob Carr) and Don Imus (right) (REUTERS/Chip East)

Rush Limbaugh has found himself in trouble a number of times for racially-charged statements, but one comment led to his losing a bid at owning football team.

In 2003 the conservative talk show host said, "I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well."

In 2009 Limbaugh tried to purchase the St. Louis Rams, but was blocked by the other buyers. Dave Checketts, owner of the St. Louis Blues, said, "It has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis."

As for Dr. Laura, there has not been any sign of professional repercussions for the talk show host. Rick Wachtel, the owner and general manager of WRNR-AM in West Virgina, said he had not yet heard the clip of Dr. Laura's show so he could not make a full assessment, but as of this morning, there were no planned changes in his syndication of the show.

"There have been no complaints from our listeners and it's a very popular show," he said. "But it is certainly disappointing of the frequency of the use of [that word.]"

Is Dr. Laura's apology enough?

Melissa Bell is a writer for the Washington Post. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @melissabell.

August 13, 2010; 8:54 AM ET
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Why do people still listen to Dr. Laura? Wow, she said it a LOT for someone who didn't mean to offend anyone. A woman who doesn't like racist comments IN HER OWN HOME is not hypersensitive. The caller rang in for help, and instead got an earful of the very language she didn't want to hear in her home or neighborhood.

I think the good "doctor" needs to take herself off the air for good. She was rude, spoke over the caller and was very disrespectful in trying to make her point. I know what she meant, but I've heard it put much more respectfully and thoughtfully by other white people who don't sound like they have a chip on their shoulder. Her apology doesn't mean anything because I think we saw her true colors. She just got caught out.

Posted by: catweasel3 | August 13, 2010 9:16 AM

Apparently Dr. Laura has some unhealthy emotions regarding race. She needs to work through these emotions to discover why she had such a knee-jerk reaction to a simple question. She should have told Jade that the reason her husband ignores the comments is because those people are deliberately saying those things to get a reaction. They get a kick out of getting a reaction, and he won't give it to them. Obviously he loves her and race isn't an issue with him, or he wouldn't have married Jade. Jade needs to follow her husband's lead and ignore the comments, change the subject and refuse to give these people the reaction they are seeking.

Was that so hard Dr. Laura?

Posted by: AnnsThought | August 13, 2010 9:24 AM

Schlesinger did NOT "let loose a string of N---words" as Ms. Bell asserts above!

Listen to that call & decide for yourselves whether Schlesinger needed to apologize for anything.

What got the looney left agitated was not the use of the "N---" word but the following part of the call:

Schlesinger--"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.""

Schelsinger indicted Black people for voting for Obama because he was "half-Black" without concern for what he was "gonna do in office" & that little comment was used to distort the entire tenor of the call by the caller & all the looney leftist kool-aid drinkers lurking to demonize Schlesinger.

The call was either a setup or out of desperation by someone who had noone to turn to for advice.

Schlesinger was trying to help her deal with her concerns by explaining that it is the context of the words rather than the words themselves that should be considered before considering them offensive or malicious.

Schlesinger was distracted by the caller's concern about the "N--" word which Schlesinger had said is commonly used by Black people as a term of intimacy or by Black rappers in their songs.

Sadly, Ms. Schlesinger fell into the trap of "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"!

Judge for yourselves by listening to the call or reading the transcript.

Posted by: Concerned14 | August 13, 2010 9:37 AM

I could really hear Dr. Laura's racial hatred and racial bitterness and arrogance in that exchange.

Posted by: john24 | August 13, 2010 9:42 AM

It's shocking the Dr, Laura's show is on AFN in Fft. Germany. Just shocking, shocking, shocking and always has been, she's always been exactly what she is here: an overbearing, obnoxious, loud mouthed bully. I wonder if this segment was broadcast to our troops in Germany. Rush has his show on AFN in Germany also.
What an outrageous disgrace/crime that our govt. supports these thugs.
She is a classic conservative, always talks over and interrupts her guests, she's horrible - horrible, horrible, horrible.

And she always has been a bully, this rude tirade is nothing new for her and her ilk of Fox level rightwing demagogues and please, remember that the guests are screened and the whole show is ginned up, just like Fox, to make her look smarter than everyone else .. the callers are merely tools'.

Posted by: mimosa1 | August 13, 2010 9:42 AM

Schlessinger was playing shock jock, baiting a woman who was just looking for advice on how to handle an important issue in her life.

Posted by: CharlesMcKay1 | August 13, 2010 9:43 AM

Is it even possible that Dr. Laura is still on the air after that ridiculous, racist diatribe? Who on earth would permit that, that... (there is no word I could say that would not disqualify this post as failing to meet the rules of discussion here) to continue to spread her excrement over the public airwaves.

I remember when the revered Howard Cosell was fired from Monday Night Football for saying, after the Redskins' Alvin Garrett had made an electrifying dash into the end zone for a touchdown, "That little monkey can really run." It had no racist intent at all, and Howard Cosell was certainly no racist, but it cost him a very good job because such comments were strictly forbidden on the public airwaves.

Racism is still strongly with us. What seems to have changed in recent years, and particularly since Obama's election, is that now racial bigotry, and even the most overt, public expressions of racial bigotry, are more tolerated, while complaints about such bigotry are treated dismissively as "oversensitivity." I for one do not believe this to be a particularly welcome trend.

Of course, unlike Howard Cosell, "Dr." Laura Schlesinger probably really IS a racial bigot.

She needs to be done now, off MY airwaves. She is offensive, in that way and in many, many others.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | August 13, 2010 9:45 AM

The Dr.(tee hee) is a racist. She disparages the NAACP, the President, the caller, and all black people. If Don Imus got fired for what he said, she should be completely banned from radio.
P.S to Concerned14--how long have you been a member of the tea party?

Posted by: mayella3 | August 13, 2010 9:53 AM


"Schlesinger did NOT "let loose a string of N---words" as Ms. Bell asserts above"!

Yes, she did.

"Listen to that call & decide for yourselves whether Schlesinger needed to apologize for anything."

I'm not sure if she needs to apologize. If that is her usual schtick, then anyone who calls in should know what they're likely to get.

"What got the looney left agitated..."

Any normal person listening to that would agree that Schlessinger sounds like a bully trying to schock and titilate.

"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."

That's true, of course, about blacks and Obama. But it had nothing to do with the woman's problem. Schelsinger is just ranting.

Posted by: CharlesMcKay1 | August 13, 2010 9:55 AM

Having now heard the call (check out the link), there is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Laura should be let go from her show.

Also, if she is able to make (and support the making of) broad racial generations and stereotypes about African Americans (which may be even scarier than her use of truly offensive language), are w...e free to generalize that everyone on the right is narrowminded enough to think that the discussion of racism against African Americans should now cease as a result of Obama's election (as she says repeatedly)? Her comment at the end about power is truly outrageous and divisive as well.

Nothing in this should shock me based on where I understand that she comes from, but this is a reminder of the truly dangerous direction that the right wants to take our country. This is important for everyone to remember in an election year.

Posted by: StrugglinSkinsFan | August 13, 2010 9:57 AM

I voted for Obama becasue he's half-white. Does that make me racist?

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | August 13, 2010 9:57 AM

Quote - Dr. Laura:

"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 find it hard to believe that this woman who has no conscience realized she had made, "a horrible mistake". I think that the real truth is that after that call, the switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree, from listeners demanding an apology from her.


Posted by: JimB4 | August 13, 2010 10:02 AM

One thing the caller said that was completely accurate--we do see more racism because racists cannot stand the idea of a Black man being President. They are so angry about Obama that feelings they were able to confine to their discussions with other bigots are no longer being suppressed. I believe racists are a minority in this country, but they are much louder than before because the rest of us had the gall to elect him, and they cannot stand the idea of a (insert racial slur here) having that much poiwer.

Posted by: mayella3 | August 13, 2010 10:02 AM

Schlessinger is not a physician and should not be called 'doctor'. She is a bully and a narrow minded troll. She has verbalized racial hatred and homophobic diatribes before, and I can't believe she still has a radio show. Someone needs to cancel her show for good. Could the WaPo please list the sponsors of the show so I may contact them to voice my displeasure?! I feel sorry for the caller who seemed sincere in wanting help on how to deal with the racial insensitivity of some of her husbands associates without causing any harm to their relationships or any offense. Race,sex,sexual preference and religion will stop being obstacles to all of us if we are able to judge others by their character.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 13, 2010 10:10 AM

It's true that blacks are woefully antagonistic. Every chance they get, they take the same cheap shots at whites. Blacks are among the most racist people in the world! They insist that they are always right and whites are always wrong. Nowadays, it's the other way around. You can't even criticize Obama's performance in office without be labeled a racist, even after her was swept into office with an overwhelming number of white votes.

Because of the relentless race-baiting by blacks, fewer black candidates will be elected to public office from now on. Everyone is so sick of the race card being played every time.

Posted by: manicdrummer | August 13, 2010 10:46 AM

L. Schlessinger need not apologize to me. She spoke just as she wanted. I prefer people to show their true colors and that's what she did.

I wish people would start being more specific when they refer to any group in general. It offends me to hear her say "black people" do this and say that. Not all black people use the n-word. A lot do. I don't. I hate it! I can't help what comediens or rappers do. My husband doesn't and my friends don't. If someone I am having a conversation with says it I ask them to stop referring to black people that way and end the conversation. I go on to explain how I personally won't tolerate it and could care less if they speak to me again. I understand the argument that some black people say it, so why can't a white person say it? I get where they are coming from, but they get the same response. I say to all of you, black, young, rapper, comedien-- stop repeating that word. It's an insult! It's idiotic!

I voted for Mr. Obama because he was the better candidate to me -- not because he's partly black. I would have voted for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck over McCain and Palin. But, I guess that couldn't be the reason why many blacks voted for Mr. Obama.

Posted by: shejoy | August 13, 2010 10:49 AM

You can protest all you want, but racist voting patterns and the eliciting of purely racial voting behavior is the norm in the Democratic party.....I was amazed to find Black precincts where 100% of the votes were cast for Black Democrats...I mean not one for a white Republican! Have any of you heard the OBAMA messages targeting Black Voters? They are purely racist; with imagery, language, and nuance. If you look carefully, you'll find 'whitey' somewhere in their 'woodpile'. As long as we allow and subsidize BLACK organizations, America will be divided as never before, and reverse discrimination like that practiced by Maxine Waters will become more common.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | August 13, 2010 11:00 AM

I never bought the pious hooey of conservatives pretending there's a double standard because words carry different connotations depending on who is addressing whom.

For example, a jim crow era southern white man addressing his friends: "What are you boys up to this weekend". A white teenager addressing a middle-age black man as "boy". Is it hypersensitive to see that one is affectionate, the other degrading?

Posted by: Peckerhead | August 13, 2010 11:00 AM

@ manicdrummer: you are a perfect example! Now tell us what yellow, white and brown people do and while you're at it include what Mexicans, French, British people do. Speak about people by their character not by their skin color or ethnic group or religion. Tell us what you do and what group you represent that we can judge all like you.


It's true that blacks are woefully antagonistic. Every chance they get, they take the same cheap shots at whites. Blacks are among the most racist people in the world! They insist that they are always right and whites are always wrong. Nowadays, it's the other way around. You can't even criticize Obama's performance in office without be labeled a racist, even after her was swept into office with an overwhelming number of white votes.

Because of the relentless race-baiting by blacks, fewer black candidates will be elected to public office from now on. Everyone is so sick of the race card being played every time.

Posted by: manicdrummer | August 13, 2010 10:46 AM

Posted by: shejoy | August 13, 2010 11:01 AM

Jade,the caller, used the same word 5 times during that call. Why was it alright for her to pronounce the word, but not for Dr. Laura?

Posted by: dcsuburb | August 13, 2010 11:05 AM

Unfortunately for people like me who like to see the world without race things like this keep happening. Whenever I'm with a black friend who starts going on and on about race this and race that, I have to remember there are people like Dr Schlessinger who are neither sincere or fair about race and that keeps my mouth shut since they may be right. When I first heard about this I rolled my eyes at the caller and thought boy, she needs to lose the chip on her shoulder and get a sense of humor but then listening to the full conversation I begin to think maybe its me who is not sensitive enough about some people's attitude to blacks.

Posted by: rhesus | August 13, 2010 11:12 AM

As an N-word, negro, black person, African American, colored person, whatever (and all those terms mean the same thing in my opinion)... I totally agree with Dr. Laura. The word exists and weather or not you're offended by it we you need to get used to hearing it, people don't like it for a lot of reasons, but so what. It's a word and words are tools to communicate plain and simple. Dr. Laura wasn't tearing this lady down by using it. I think she's right on all counts. Americans of African decent are hypersensitive, you shouldn't marry some one out side of your ethnic groups and not expect those kind of sentiments to be expressed, and many people did vote for Obama because he was "half Black " (whatever that is); however just as many voted for McCain and Pailin because they were "white" (whatever white is). SO I'm sorry Dr.Laura felt the need to apologize. I wish she hadn't. She used her language in a clinical fashion and I wish she had held her ground as it may have advanced the discussion on skin color and ethnicity (aka race) a little further. On an unrelated note I can fly to Europe, Asia, Africa, and India, but I've never been able to fly to a place called White or Black; places I assume would be populated by whites and blacks. That's the problem. We're supposed to be Americans but we are too willing to allow ourselves to be divided. I guess it's one more thing for Jesus to fix when he comes back. And please...let's grow up and stop calling it the "N-word" it's N I double G ER and it still means "black" at the end of the day.

Posted by: emmanuelgoldstein | August 13, 2010 11:14 AM

As for people who argue that black rappers use the word all the time so that entitles them too -really? Are you just itching to use the word? Sure the context is important but if blacks cannot always tell if you intend it maliciously or not (as in this case) why use it at all.

Posted by: rhesus | August 13, 2010 11:18 AM

She mentioned the word to make a serious point, she didn't "use" it as an insult, which would indeed have been offensive. Can we act like grown-ups and not like little children who get all wee-weed up when an adult says a "bad" word?

Posted by: qaz1231 | August 13, 2010 11:21 AM

Laura's business is attracting listeners by getting media attention. Its a very competitive market that demands extreme behavior. Consequently she uses the N word for African Americans, the K word for Jews and the F word for gay people. Its just good business. No harm is intended.

Posted by: r90095-b | August 13, 2010 11:21 AM

I'm shocked that there are so many racist white people posting comments. You racists, like Dr. Laura, obviously never shook hands with a black person, worked for a black person, or lived in a neighborhood where not everyone was white, so you certainly have no frame of reference to judge anyone's character. You are worthless bigots and I'm ashamed to live in the same country as you do.

Posted by: usblues1 | August 13, 2010 11:26 AM

I thought the use of the N-word was the least troubling part of the discussion. They are having a discussion about the word, it's kinda silly to tiptoe around it in that context (caveat - I only listened to the first minute or two, so if later she starts using the word to blast her caller I'd have different thoughts).

On the other hand, the Dr.'s off hand rejection of the caller's feelings was a little bizarre. A neighbor coming over constantly saying, "you black people do this, you blacks do that"? That's offensive. I don't care if it's racist or not. If my neighbor came in my house everyday and said, "you yuppies are always doing ____" I'd say get the hell out.

Of course, it's a stupid radio show and the point is to be contrarian, right? That's how they get ratings....

Posted by: ghokee | August 13, 2010 11:33 AM

Here is the issue:

"Doctor" Laura completely ignored the woman's issue. She dismissed, based upon a sentence, the caller's complaints without fully understanding what bothered her about the comments. Guess what? The caller COULD have been over sensitive to some comments. But "Dr." Laura would never know that because she jumped to HER OWN preconceived notions about "Blllacks" and the use of the N-word.

That was a POLITICAL discussion fit for Limbaugh and Beck, not a show about understanding a person's situation and helping the caller fix their own issues.

The repeated use of the N-word was the least offensive part of that exchange. The most offensive is that this fraud completely gave "advice" to the caller without the foggiest understanding of the true nature of the issue. And that is dangerous to do when someone reaches out to you for help.

Tough love can be a useful tool in getting a person's butt in gear. It is not a tagline used to get ratings.

Posted by: newpowersean | August 13, 2010 11:34 AM

You can always go somewhere else. Our ancestors weren't too crazy about being here so to leave would be honoring their wishes. However, I doubt you'd return to our native land as most of us are too scared of where we should be.

Posted by: emmanuelgoldstein | August 13, 2010 11:34 AM

Wow, Dr. Laura comes across like a real moron here. Sounds like she's the one with a chip on her shoulder about race.

Posted by: Viss1 | August 13, 2010 11:39 AM

I am not a fan of "Dr. Laura," but in this case, she is correct. The "N-Word" is crude, obnoxious, but many of us hear it used every day, especially by black youth. While we should think about what we say in any situation, there is an
over- sensitivity to race, gender, religion, and other categories.

Posted by: lrbwiner | August 13, 2010 11:41 AM

Wow. Old white guy here, I think it’s appropriate to disclose. I do believe the N-word has been granted too much power. It shouldn’t be a word but the thoughts that are revealed by context which will determine if we think someone made an offensive statement. That partially explains why black guys on a ball court can use the word with one another.

As a white guy I can’t achieve that context. I do think it is tragic I have the power to cause harm or hurt by using the word; I also I think it is pathetic – or nearly so – that it would be a big deal.

I listened to every word of that conversation. It’s probably folly for her to have used that one word, but – wow – her entire conversation was creepy. I don’t think she should be fired, or rejected, or anything terrible, but she really told us in so many words that she sees race in ways that I think are confused.

It is one thing to understand that in society, there will be people who explain everything by race. It is another to participate in that thinking. Each of us is one gender or the other, looks one way or the other. To some extent we carry the experience of being treated accordingly. But it isn’t who we are. We just have to navigate it.

Dr. Schlessinger’s reference to the election of President Obama and expressed opinion that it should have changed how people think, her near ridicule that the caller was excessively sensitive to references to race without regard to how to handle these incidents as a personal experience but instead placing it in a racial context, seem to me to be reactions that can only be explained if one sees others through skin color.

Again, I hope Dr. Schlessinger gets through this, but I think she needs to be receiving, not offering, advice.

Posted by: Donlee25 | August 13, 2010 11:44 AM

The only words that I have any apprehension in using, are the ones Cursing the Lord.
Dr. Laura spoke plainly and honestly, I think there was no apology necessary. Like she (Dr. Laura) said, "you hear it all the time"

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 13, 2010 11:51 AM

Goodness me, where to begin? I think Miss Manners said it best: "There is no excuse for incivility" - on the air or off. And the fact that this woman also pretends to be a woman of faith is doubly galling.

Posted by: SubRosa2 | August 13, 2010 11:57 AM

I'm shocked that there are so many racist white people posting comments. You racists, like Dr. Laura, obviously never shook hands with a black person, worked for a black person, or lived in a neighborhood where not everyone was white, so you certainly have no frame of reference to judge anyone's character. You are worthless bigots and I'm ashamed to live in the same country as you do.

Posted by: usblues1 | August 13, 2010 11:26 AM
Have you ever been a waitress or waiter, stiffed on a regular basis. I avoid their tables.

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 13, 2010 12:00 PM

She is an idiot and it is just a word. This is a tempest in a teapot

Posted by: dbeins | August 13, 2010 12:04 PM

Ratings must be down.

So, plant a caller.

Posted by: mdpilot | August 13, 2010 12:05 PM

I guess anything goes in the ratings wars. WP even posted a link to the audio, which I do not wish to hear.

Posted by: schafer-family | August 13, 2010 12:06 PM

She's right. She doesn't get it. Wonder how she would react to all the pejorative monikers for Jews or Italians (she's Jewish and Italian and is active in the Jewish faith). But then we didn't hold those group in slavery for 400 years.

I had an otherwise nice fellow actually say to me that "American black people" are lucky that other tribes sold their ancestors into slavery, otherwise they would still be in Africa where things are a lot worse than here in America.

Since Obama has become President, it seems like insensitive--and secretly racist--white people feel they have license to speak those words and demonstrate their prejudice. As if the playing field is now level. So their real feelings come out.
I listened to the whole interview. I don't think she's clueless really, so much as she is pandering to the racism of her brand of listeners--feelings which she probably share.

They took Imus off the air. Maybe time for her to go, too.

Oh, I'm white: Irish/Italian. I live in Oakland California where lots of folks get along and whites are not the majority. It's a model for future America--where whites are not the majority.

Posted by: johnmcmullen2 | August 13, 2010 12:29 PM

Have you ever read the Wiki on Dr. L?
Check it out:

She got her break in radio by having an affair with a married Shock Jock, she had another affair with a married professor, she posed for nudie pics, she never called her mom who was found two months after she died, her doctorate is in PHYSIOLOGY not psychology.

Please consider that she is psych-shock-jock. She is no more to be taken seriously than Glenn or Rush. If you take them seriously, there is no reasoning with you, just as there has never been any reasoning with crazy people from members of the KKK to the Third Reich.

Posted by: johnmcmullen2 | August 13, 2010 12:38 PM

If you listen to the audio, Dr. Laura said that the N-word seems to only be 'allowed' in certain races and not in others. Why should a WORD be racially limited? If blacks can say it, can't everyone? Whites and blacks are equal, so Dr. Laura has as much right to say that word as anyone. Furthermore, she wasn't calling anyone the N-word; she was simply expressing her rights to say it.

Plus, she stated that the N-word was offensive or not offensive depending on how it was used! If used in an insulting way, the N-word is bad. If used in a non-offensive way, such as blacks use among themselves, it is not offensive. (And in my opinion, any word whatsoever could be 'bad' if used in a mean way. I could call someone a potato in a nasty way, and I'm sure they wouldn't like that any more than the N-word.)

Jade needed to take a deep breath, let Dr. Laura have her say, then think about it calmly, and reasonably. Dr. Laura had another good point as well -- if Jade was so sensitive to racial comments, offensive or not offensive, why did she marry someone outside her race? As long as her husband's friends don't say anything mean -- for instance saying that she is less of a person simply because she's black -- then she could just laugh along with them. Also, it's likely that they weren't trying to hurt her feelings.

Dr. Laura was harsh, but I'm not too surprised at that, because she has always told her callers what she honestly thinks. I'm not saying she should have been as harsh as she was; I think that to avoid scandals such as this one, she should have put her point across in more polite way.

We also have to remember that Dr. Laura is human. Dr. Laura may seem brilliant (or to some of you, horrible), but she is still just a person who can make mistakes, just like you and me. Haven't we all said something at least once that we wish we could take back? No one can be perfect.

Keep your show going, Dr. Laura!

Posted by: andromeda21 | August 13, 2010 12:40 PM

Dr. Laura handled it just fine. Well done Dr.

Posted by: jonswitzer | August 13, 2010 12:44 PM

WOOOOOWWWWW!!! Did she really say that? And it's okay?

And then she said "Don't NAACP me"! WTH

Something needs to be done about this. This woman called in for help and instead had the same language thrown at her that she was trying to avoid.

This "DOCTOR" needs to be taken off of the air! If someone is coming into your home always making it a point to point out "black things" and "black people" they are being racist, just not blatantly! Sheesh I am furious

Posted by: DontTakeNEish | August 13, 2010 12:46 PM

emmanuelgoldstein, you've got a great point!

Posted by: andromeda21 | August 13, 2010 12:47 PM

What is the difference between Dr. Laura in a footrace and a clever pygmy?

A clever pygmy is a cunning runt.

Do you need "a sense of humor" over this, Laura? Goodness, gracious you. If you find this offensive, it is a "feminist" conspiracy?

White racists like her don't realize whites are the mutations whose
skin turned white when they moved North so they could get enough Vitamin D from less sunshine.

What a rancid, hateful spectacle of right-wing American she is.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 13, 2010 12:47 PM

I AM BLACK... That being said, if you carefully listen to what Dr. Laura was saying, SHE WAS COMPLETELY CORRECT!!! The N-word (Gosh, I hate that term) is always taken out of context whenever a non-Black person uses it. After reviewing the conversation, my question is why the caller is even in an interracial marriage?

After weighing her advice, I'd have to agree with Dr. Laura, if you're uncomfortable with race being an issue (an utterly ridiculous mindset for an African American in my opinion), YOU SHOULDN'T MARRY OUTSIDE YOUR RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUP!

Some people dislike Dr. Laura's bluntness; however, I love her for that exact same reason... People are so full of B.S.

Posted by: blaqbuck69 | August 13, 2010 12:54 PM

I was in agreement with the Dr. until she started accusing the woman of having a chip on her shoulder...That's so typical of some white people, is that WE always have the problem. The woman just said she was taken a back you her saying the N-word and The good Dr. SHOWED who actually had the chip on her shoulder! What really p's me off about some white people is that they think they KNOW why we do the things we do! It matters NOT that most Blacks were Clinton supporters until we started really paying attention to the Presidential race! I get tired of being viewed as a monolith! Like we don't have our own opinions and that everything we do is as a group!! That is complete and utter BS! But, she was Right about HBO and Black use of the N-Word..

Posted by: Angryman | August 13, 2010 12:54 PM

I AM BLACK... That being said, if you carefully listen to what Dr. Laura was saying, SHE WAS COMPLETELY CORRECT!!! The N-word (Gosh, I hate that term) is always taken out of context whenever a non-Black person uses it. After reviewing the conversation, my question is why the caller is even in an interracial marriage?

After weighing her advice, I'd have to agree with Dr. Laura, if you're uncomfortable with race being an issue (an utterly ridiculous mindset for an African American in my opinion), YOU SHOULDN'T MARRY OUTSIDE YOUR RACIAL/ETHNIC GROUP!

Some people dislike Dr. Laura's bluntness; however, I love her for that exact same reason... People are so full of B.S.

Posted by: blaqbuck69 | August 13, 2010 12:55 PM

In-cred-ible. Why do people listen to this woman, and why do they address her as "doctor." Horrible, horrible woman.

Posted by: martymar123 | August 13, 2010 1:01 PM

Have you ever been a waitress or waiter, stiffed on a regular basis. I avoid their tables.

Posted by: JadedCynic | August 13, 2010 12:00 PM

Yeah, black people don't tip.

Wait. I'm black, and I tip well. I've never waited tables but I know the servers work hard for little regular pay and I show my appreciation for a job well done. But why should I when "my people" don't tip "as a race."

Did it ever occur to you Jaded, that maybe you get crappy tips due to your crappy service because you waited on the table with a preconceived notion of the people sitting at it based on their race?

Boom. Roasted.

Posted by: walkdwalk | August 13, 2010 1:01 PM

Dr. Laura,

We don't say n!gger....we say n!gga....BIG DIFFERENCE....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 13, 2010 1:05 PM

Already commented, but to those say they don't want to listen to the radio segment---you should. The problem is NOT really the use of the "N-word" it is the belittling attitude. I agree with the excellent post which said that this woman should be receiving advice, not giving it.

Posted by: martymar123 | August 13, 2010 1:10 PM

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a sick person.

If she represents the conservative movement in this country I'll have none of it.

She is well known for spreading hate, fear, insecurity, 'half truths' and speech unbecoming a so-call educated adult.

While she enjoys and encourages others to call her 'Doctor' (suggesting medical doctor) she is not!!

A PhD in psychology is a long way from being a physician folks.

Posted by: hfaulk01 | August 13, 2010 1:22 PM

Fist thing I hear this "Dr Laura" and she sounds like a complete idiot who doesn't even listen to what people are asking and she begins ranting self-righteously. Then she complains that the listener "doesn't let her finish a sentence", when it's all she's doing. Professional idiot with a microphone.

Posted by: alarico | August 13, 2010 1:24 PM

I've never listened to this lady, but she is one pompous lady. First she gives an example of "n..,n..,n...", then when the caller says she's put off by it, does it again as if to say "there's nothing wrong with using it" I guess if I hear someone call my boss a name, I should do it also, since its's "what I hear." Her logic is severly flawed. Just because it's said doesn't make it right. All black people don't use the n word. I don't. I don't listen to black comics nor watch HBO!! That's not my type of humor, nor tv programming. I hope this is her undoing. She didn't even let the caller finish, before coming to the conclusion the caller was hypersensitive. It's easy for someone of another culture to tell someone in another culture that they are to sensitive. Kinda of like justifying that the Washington R__skin nickname isn't offensive to some Native Americans. When the original use of the term was for the intent of putting down.

Posted by: James_Green | August 13, 2010 1:31 PM

I am a white psychologist and I believe
Dr. Laura was way out of line. First of all she doesn't listen, just talks. Second, blaming black activists is like blaming women who worked to be "granted" the right to vote as the cause of men hating women.

I think her "session is over".

Posted by: adams397 | August 13, 2010 1:36 PM

What a crock. This woman is an intolerant bigot at the very least. Her condescending, arrogant attitude renders her unable to truly hear herself in this tirade.

The statement about Blacks who voted for the President solely based on race is most telling of her thought process. Half the planet would have voted for Obama if they had the chance. Does she believe that women who voted for H. Clinton only did so because they were women? What a fool. Laura is in desperate need of self-reflection on someone's couch. And she is an assault to the public and should be removed from the air immediately! Where is her sponsor list???

To walkdwalk @ 1:01:

Posted by: jhughart | August 13, 2010 1:40 PM

I found the audio so sickening, I actually had trouble hearing it all! Any person of Dr. Laura's supposed "stature" should certainly have enough insight to understand why a Black comic can say something that she cannot say! I remember when a woman of Hungarian background told my father, of Czech ancestry, "We hunkies stick together." I understand what she meant, but I also understand why my father bristled. Anyone who cannot grasp some of these basics does not deserve to have a paid position in broadcasting. There are plenty of better prospects in line.

Posted by: alindeO | August 13, 2010 1:41 PM

As my WASP mother taught me way back in 1935 down in Alabama. It hurts a "colored person's" feelings to call them "N-ggr".
That's a lesson that I still respect now that she's gone, and I'm 81 yrs old.
As Bobby Burns said, centuries ago, "A man is a man . . for all of that!"(or words to that effect).

Dr. Laura needs to enroll in a course that teaches compassion and civility.

Posted by: lufrank1 | August 13, 2010 1:44 PM

Ugh, this woman sounds horrible. People listen to this crap? the first time she said it, I thought, oh, well, I see, she's not using it in a racist context, she's trying to illustrate a point. The next 8(?) times she used it, she was clearly attempting to bait the caller. But worse than that, this woman is obviously horribly rude. She's a therapist or something? She complains that the caller won't let her finish a sentence, but she never extended the same courtesy. She must be a horrible, horrible person to have to endure at a dinner party.

Posted by: pswift00 | August 13, 2010 1:56 PM

So "doctor" Laura thought the demonizing of White people would end when Obama was elected.

So throughout US history the Black people have been demonizing the White community.

That must be the reason Black men, women and children were hung from trees or burned alive in bonfires, forced to ride in the back of buses, not allowed to eat at restaurants, use separate public facilities, suffer generations of job discrimination due to local laws and a system of white affirmative action customs, denied the right to vote, denied the right to buy homes and live in places of their choice and have to listen to the sewage that spews from the mouths of the likes of "doctor" Laura, Rush and Beck. Its their fault!

According to "doctor" Laura all the problems of race in the US have been and are the result of Black people demonizing White people.

"doctor" Laura is a clear and present danger to the future of America.

Dump this right-wing dupe!

Posted by: apspa1 | August 13, 2010 2:01 PM

Is this the same "doctor" Laura who posed for pornographic pictures before she became respectable?

Posted by: apspa1 | August 13, 2010 2:05 PM

This lady is truly outrages, she has gone beyond Rush Limbaugh, to say the least. Repeating the "N" word over and over is no humor and she was saying it in an insulting manner. It's not what is on the outside that is tainted, but it's what comes out of her mouth. The caller was disturbed, about some comments that bothered her and "Ms know all the answers" insulted her.

Posted by: cmamie | August 13, 2010 2:13 PM

I wonder how Dr. Laura's black bodyguard feels about this thing, since she happily trots him out as an example of her compassion for blacks.

Posted by: usblues1 | August 13, 2010 2:20 PM

This Witch-Doctor evidently likes to point to the election of Barack Obama as some sort of proof that we're in a post-racist America. Listening to her snide comments I really have to wonder who she voted for.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | August 13, 2010 2:25 PM

Well, I'm Black and I don't think the first spewing was completely racist but I do think Laura lost her cool with this caller and then she proceeded to cross the line and get flustered even more. To be fair, Jade was a little hypersensitive for a person who had a White husband. The way to combat racism is to discuss it and answer those people (which Laura said after Jade hung up). If they sound derisive, make a joke out of their ignorant statements. Make people see an individual, not a race or category of people. And if they use the n-word, make sure to let them know you feel just as comfortable using the word "cracker." Having said that, Laura was hypersenstive to the caller she accused of being hypersenstive. Just answer her question, Laura, without taking it personal.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 13, 2010 2:31 PM

LOL. The RACIST W's are still upset about OBAMA and their W brothers elected him, not blacks.

W's are always mad nowadays becasue they are becoming extinct. And who's fault is it.....they're own. The slaves were all gone so they brought in new slaves from Latin America. Now they are taking over ha ha ha ha ha lol lol lol.

Ur time is up W.

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | August 13, 2010 2:42 PM

Dr. Laura makes a good point. People in interracial relationships probably do need to have thicker skin. They see the underside of racism in the US that most of us never knew existed. But even those warriors sometimes need a respite, some words of encouragement or wisdom from someone who stands apart.

Dr. Laura is obviously not that one. She is not the kind of doctor that helps people to work these kinds of things out.

As for humor-African Americans have a wonderful sense of humor. I like Chris Rock's position on this issue. I misquote him, but I say let whites have the N-word to use as they please, but they have to give us their credit ratings, hypertension and cancer rates, and ability to escape the scrutiny of the criminal justice system.

Posted by: dcharles1 | August 13, 2010 2:45 PM

I was reminded about Laura's Obama ranting. That was weird. How did she find the opportunity to jump on her political soapbox from Jade's question? Obviously Jade isn't a racist since she married a White man and called in to Dr. Laura's show (ahem, a White woman). Why did Laura decide to unleash her pent-up frustration on Jade? At the end, it seemed like she was repeating the n-word just for the heck of it. Somebody, please find Dr. Laura's nerve pills quickly!

Posted by: forgetthis | August 13, 2010 2:53 PM

"Dr" Laura is a fraud, starting with her misuse of the title "Dr." She has spewed such garbage and been such a hypocrite about marriage from the beginning of her show, even having nude pix of herself taken by the guy she was having an affair with during her first marriage. Puhleeze! Why or why do people listen to this crap and then expect to get quality, honest, respectful dialogue. She got her radio show because she was sleeping with a guy who was in radio--yep the one who took the nude pix. She's a crock!

Posted by: luvzkidz | August 13, 2010 3:30 PM

Jessep told Kendrick
to order a Code Red.

From A Few Good Men:

"For us to win,
Jessep has to say he gave the order.

- And you can get him to say that?
- I think he wants to say it!"
Dr. L was dying to say the N-word. She steered the callers comments to a place where she felt (wrongly)that she could say the word and get away with it. The reason Black people say the n-word but are upset when Whites say it is because Black people KNOW WHAT WE MEAN BY IT. The context and motivation are entirely clear...ALWAYS. With White folks we can't be sure theres no double entendre or back handed business at work in the speakers mind. However, Dr. L cut this women off at every turn. After her initial statement the caller couldn't finish a thought. The section that points to Dr. L's motives was when the caller rightfully stated that young Whites put the Pres. in office not the older White voters, by in large. Suddenly, Dr. L tells the caller that she has a chip on her shoulder. Dr. L was caught flat footed so she berated her caller. Disgraceful!

Posted by: foyelady | August 13, 2010 3:40 PM

Dr. Laura - got so worked up because she shared the views of the neighbors. She said it herself. She is a racist and probably choses not to deal with black people on a personal level there for does not understand their position on racist remarks. Secondly, she came off as someone you would debate with on a blog not someone you would seek a professional opinion with... should she keep her show?? I really because I wouldn't be listening to it. Alot of ignorant people have forums and ways to communicate their gibberish - why can't she??? She is a racist nut and even racist nuts have followers---I believe a few of them already posted their support... lol

I can't believe the posters that are saying she should not have married a white man if she doesn't like to hear the N-word??? that seems rather silly to me. If she loves him and he loves her than the N-Word may not have been an issue. I doubt he would be calling her that!! If so, I doubt they would be married.

Posted by: realestategal08 | August 13, 2010 3:54 PM


Posted by: skinfreak | August 13, 2010 4:20 PM

The good "doctor" just doesn't have a clue, and sounds like a nutcase. She won't let people finish their sentences, overrides them with her great "wisdom," and doesn't really make any sense at all. She sounds like an egomaniac who just likes to hear herself talk. Yer over the hill, Laura. Time to find another trade. The only point her listener managed to get in, was that it's never OK for anyone to use the "N" word. Even though there's all these movies on HBO, and everywhere else, featuring black folks calling each other various forms of the "N" word, it's just not right. Dr. King would have a fit over the way things are.

Posted by: jacktar2001 | August 13, 2010 5:06 PM

Dr. Laura is not all sweet and gentle with the caller, BUT she is exactly right.

Posted by: springerj | August 13, 2010 5:48 PM

Wow! I am stunned by this. The venom and emotionalism displayed by Dr. Laure is surprising. The under tone of resentment. The revelation of her views of racial discourse in American politics and life. Her insensitivity to Jade's (her caller's) predicament. The apology here should be to Jade. I don't think a general apology was needed, but as a counselor, WOW, she really missed the boat. She obviously has strong opinions regarding current racial discourse in America. And, if she feels, as she seemed to imply, that her views are middle of the road or neutral, there's is word I would like to offer to her. That word would be DENIAL! She managed to rant and rave about the NAACP and Black Activists, when all the poor caller wanted was help with her personal situation. Dr. Schlesinger was obviously unsympathetic and even implied that she brought it on herself by having an interracial marriage. The doctor goes on to mention all of her black associates as some sort of proof of her lack of racial bias. Any rational person listening to this would have to question her on this. Her raw emotion was palpable and far from neutral. And, hypothetically speaking, if I were black and, G_d forbid there was a racial conflict, where right-minded people, black and white, had to take action to stem the tide of hatred and violence, I would be terrified to have her in my foxhole.

Posted by: FellowSojourner | August 13, 2010 5:54 PM

Oh, boy, this is just awful. I guess, like others, I need to identify that I'm "white" given the context of this debate. Schlessinger was rude, would not let the caller talk and had the nerve to tell her to let HER finish HER sentence, condescending, inappropriate using the N-word to make a point, etc. etc. And, yes, she made several what I consider to be racist remarks. And by the way, I don't think that because someone marries out of their race that they have to put up with remarks from whites about their race or be tagged too "sensitive." What disturbs me and hurts me is that it gives all of us "white" people a bad rap because we are NOT all racists. And, because of the racist ignorant bigots out there, I have at times unfortunately experienced reverse discrimination from blacks and I personally don't deserve it. If you're black and don't want to be targeted because of your race, then please don't target me that way and punish me for the ignorant behavoir of racist whites. Do unto others as you would have done to you. Schlessinger should be fired. I happen to really admire our President and would also have voted for anyone other than Palin and McCain! People like Schlessinger and Palin and Rush scare the heck out of me. I'm shocked that they continue to have a voice. Why can't we find a way to come together in peace and love and stop this nonsense. Please people!!

Posted by: carolk1 | August 13, 2010 5:56 PM

Laura said exactly what she wanted to say and has always wanted to say, her ratings are low and she has to bring attention to her show and her self, consequently, she said exactly what she knew would bring that attention. She used the N word and walla she is the number one topic of conversation, no need to apologize Laura, it was just a matter of time, we were waiting for you and this moment LOL

Posted by: normacelestine | August 13, 2010 6:45 PM

Two excellent things in that audio segment:

1. The caller Jade called out Dr. Laura, who is a bitter vicious tyrant accustomed to holding complete control of every moment of every call when she is on the air. As close as anyone has ever gotten to getting a word in edgewise on Dr. Laura's show, in all likelihood.

2. Dr. Laura just can't shut up about it after the call is over. Her mouth totally detaches from her brain and her brain is scrambling for a way to recover from this blunder, while her mouth just goes on autopilot. Its a train wreck. It just gets worse and worse, multiplying the original offense about twenty times over again. The Office has never been that uncomfortable to watch.

Its called race obliviousness. Dr. Laura has it. May she get what she deserves at the end of her long career of harming and humiliating already broken people on the radio.

Posted by: Renter6 | August 13, 2010 6:59 PM

Also, I believe the black associate that she mentioned was not a friend, but rather her bodyguard!! Listen to it again, its in there.

So she is not joking around about race with a black best friend, but with a black *employee*. But that's OK, I'm sure he's fine with it.

Posted by: Renter6 | August 13, 2010 7:07 PM

She certainly did intend to hurt. Her apology means nothing.

I've never listened to her before today, and I've no desire to listen to her again. She's nothing more than a high-profile psychological abuser.

Posted by: kalacaw | August 13, 2010 7:23 PM

Laura has misrepresented herself as a helping and/or healing professional. As a retired counselor, I can state that she is the furtherist example of any professional health care field I have ever heard. She has no listening skills, she has no compassion and/or ability to see beyond her own narcissistic nose, and leaves many hurting clients suffering even more from their pain due to her hyper-critical nature. She is not acquainted with any of the great counseling forerunners of our time as she so often displays in her rantings with hurting and confused callers.

When someone reaches out in pain, confusion, and dependence on her as a person to trust, she gives no level of
support to any caller. They are there for her to attack and feel superior. She is not in touch with her authentic self. She is only in touch with her super critical parent ego which continues to hammer her head and heart as she passes the same on to those poor vulnerable people who call in.

This racist diatribe sounds like it comes from a tired lady, a lady on harmones to assist her in getting stable, and a lady who really does not care. She is obviously getting older, less patient, and less sensitive to the world we live in.

She has always been a sad commentary who tries to speak with a counseling authority which is not rooted in any of our great counselor leaders. She is not a person from the counseling field.

She paints life with a black and white brush. Real people struggle with living in the gray colors because if they can bring sense to their lives, then their colors will brighten into reds, pinks, blues, greens, purples and all other colors that brighten our days.

Do not give power to this mean woman who parades herself to know more and better than you. Do not feed your pearls to swine.

Posted by: GrandmamaJanet | August 13, 2010 7:26 PM

Unfortunately, Jade made the point totally moot when she spoke the word. I don't use it as a black man and most of my friends don't. That may surprise some of you, but the word is offensive to me and I don't mind if I never ever hear it again!

Posted by: Supporter51 | August 13, 2010 7:38 PM

As a 70yr old black guy and a listener and supporter of Dr. Laura, I am hugely disappointed in her response to the lady...reading the article the caller said visitors to her home always used the N word when visiting...and it upset her...where in the hell is her HUSBAND...and his support of her...if the situation were reversed I;m sure she would support him if it offended HIM....

She should have told those people to leave her house and to only come back if they do not use the N word...since her husband apparently didn't have the backbone to say it to his buddies....

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 13, 2010 8:20 PM

I couldn't believe what I heard! She actually thought she was excusing herself when she said "now that we have a black President...I thought that the attempt to demonize whites hating blacks would stop."

So she thinks that whites hating blacks should just be accepted now??? Is she crazy or just so racist that she doesn't know any better?

Besides which...the woman called for relationship advice because her husband's lack of defending her feelings was making her resentful. And this so-called help-advice doctor right away ignored the issue at hand and turned into a debate about whether it was wrong for whites to hate blacks now that we have a black president.

There really needs to be a serious movement to take this "Dr. Laura" to task about her advice and her racism and get her removed from the public air-waves.

Posted by: mastrwaren | August 13, 2010 8:20 PM

I couldn't believe what I heard! She actually thought she was excusing herself when she said "now that we have a black President...I thought that the attempt to demonize whites hating blacks would stop."

So she thinks that whites hating blacks should just be accepted now??? Is she crazy or just so racist that she doesn't know any better?

Besides which...the woman called for relationship advice because her husband's lack of defending her feelings was making her resentful. And this so-called help-advice doctor right away ignored the issue at hand and turned into a debate about whether it was wrong for whites to hate blacks now that we have a black president.

There really needs to be a serious movement to take this "Dr. Laura" to task about her advice and her racism and get her removed from the public air-waves.

Posted by: mastrwaren | August 13, 2010 8:23 PM

@10BESTFAN...Is an idiot...they state, Dr. Laura is not a physician and should not be called doctor...

She has a doctorate more need be said on that subject...

Again I am disappointed in Dr. Laura's response to this lady...she sought help in dealing with friends who visited HER home and used the N word...she got no help from the doctor...and it is apparent her husband is a wimp to say the least...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 13, 2010 8:31 PM

@MAYELLA3....You couldn't be more correct...they will never accept Obama regardless of what legislation he passes or does to improve the country....

They will never accept him and as you said they are the loudest because they are extremely angry and always will be...

Posted by: pentagon40 | August 13, 2010 8:36 PM

dr L makes her money by being insensitive over the air.

Posted by: FranknErnest | August 13, 2010 9:06 PM

BTW, "Dr. Laura" is a "doctor" she has a Ph.D, but her doctorate, if I am not mistaken, is in physiology! She is not a psychologist or a credentialed counselor. This is being implied, in her marketing, but she has no credentials that qualify her to give counseling, to my knowledge. So, her shortcomings, with regard to counseling are understandable. So, what she really is, then, is an entertainer. Is everyone entertained, now?

Posted by: FellowSojourner | August 13, 2010 9:18 PM

I have listened to Dr. Laura for 20 years she is not a racist. I have read most of the posts. Dr. Laura is a Conservative and provides some balance to the Liberal media. Blacks voted for Obama because he is Black. That is fine but a great many Whites voted for him as well. I did not think for a moment that when Obama was elected that that would be the end of the race issue. I was right and it is even much worse. Having said all of that he will not be a second term pres. November is coming. We will stop him and in 2012 elect a real pres.

Posted by: SPECIALSKILLS | August 13, 2010 9:55 PM

She totally ignored the advice the lady needed. She just likes to hear her own voice, it seems like.

And FYI the word black people use as term of endearment is "n*gga" notwithstanding its NOT the same as "n*gger".

People who study urban vernacular would understand that difference is a HUGE one.

Posted by: kassieme | August 13, 2010 10:34 PM

I went back and reread many of the comments and it apears that most of you listen to Dr. Laura. Why do you listen if you hate her so much? Dr. Laura is not going to be leaving for a long time. I believe her listening audiance is 7 million people. Now that is a pretty good endorsement. Also regardless of what her credentials are she gives some great advice and helps a lot of her listeners. I have read every one of her books and some of you would do well to do the same. It is quite aparent that many of you have an agenda. Some of you even indicate you are professionals. I don't believe that for a minute. Get on with your lives and regardless of all the comments she will around as long as she wants to be around. I have spoken to her twice on the Radio and twice in person and she is a nice and gracious person. I think the reason many of you don't like her is she advoctes good conservative values. Many of you have not a clue. Lets see what happens. I don't think she is going to lose listeners over this call. As a matter of fact she continues to pick up more new stations and listeners.

Posted by: SPECIALSKILLS | August 13, 2010 10:51 PM

Dr. Laura, is a racist biatch and her comments made AFTER Jade was pushed off the phone, were condescending, arrogant and utterly ridiculous and ignorant. She is racist and inciteful. And yes, I will not listen to her as she is not worth my time and energy. What's worse is that she never addressed the racist comments that Jade's husband's friends made in her presence. So Jade, here's what you do: Tell him you will divorce him if the behavior doesn't stop. He, his family and his friends are making comments that are insensitive at least and racist at worst. You don't deserve to be miserable being married to that. I grew up in a biracial family. My dad would NOT tolerate my step-mother's Ohio family making comments like that. To our recollection, they've never done that. Nor have they ever made negative comments to us. The point is: You do not have to be treated that way. He either and his family and friends stop, or divorce him. When he realizes how expensive divorces are and the massive impact it'll have on him and his wallet, etc., he'll change and so will they. In the meantime, Dr. Laura is atrocious piece of arrogant, conceited, self-serving, egomanical, egotistical, condescending, racist trash with delusions of uber-grandeur about who she is and her (lack of) standing in society. Why bother asking this trash for ANY advice on ANYTHING! She's not worth it!!

Posted by: gr8bigguy | August 13, 2010 11:23 PM

Please Post Censors let this through it's an important point...please, please, please

No go, huh?
Well let me try it this way,then

What most people don't pay attention to is that the word trigga and trigger are 2 different words.

One is American slang-free for ANYONE to use.
The other is, in fact, a racial epithet.
Laura Schlesinger is a bigot because she used the racial epithet trigger.
That is the difference rappers and black folks like myself use the colloquial term trigga.
Totally different.

If Laura S. had said t-r-i-g-g-a she would have been using the slang black folks use. But no black person uses the racial epithet t-r-i-g-g-e-r -we know better. That's why its a problem. She does what many whites do, argue for using the RACIAL EPITHET because blacks use the COLLOQUIAL TERM. That's ALWAYS going to be problem.

Can I get it in that way Post Censors?

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 13, 2010 11:35 PM

You can tell Schlesinger had her own ideas-she wouldn't let the caller get a word in. Schlesinger hijacked the call.
But as I just wrote if whites can understand fare and fair, pear,pair, and pare then whites can understand trigga and trigger to be separate words with separate meanings.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 13, 2010 11:39 PM

Hey kassieme-I second that point, too bad I didn't read your post before commenting.

The difference between the colloquialism and the epithet is tremendous.

I'm fair about this, as Americans we have a few common traits when it comes to language.

One of them is we like to seek the edge-words included.
Two, we are ravenous consumers of language, "American English" is a hodgepodge of Latin, French as well as English words. Once, we decide we like a word or phrase-into the melting pot it goes, so I wouldn't have a problem with whites using the word trigga, in fact I predict that a white person like Bill Maher will eventually have the guts to use trigga on the air and to their suprise, it's not going to cause an uproar.

Because whites such as Schlesinger are either truly ignorant or truly bigoted-they keep trying to make the issue about black hypocrisy. It can only be hypocrisy if we as blacks were using the epithet and complaining that whites were doing the same.

We, however, use the colloquialism. Schlesinger using the epithet while complaining about hypocrisy is her version of "YOU LIE!!", a way to be disrespectful and score points with her clique.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 13, 2010 11:53 PM

Blacks can distinguish between one, a few, some, many and all. The majority, if not all blacks, just don't declare "all whites" to be racist/bigoted/prejudiced because of people such as Schlesinger.

If I may speak for "all" blacks-we totally get that "all" whites don't control each other. After all,what could a white person such as yourself say to Schlesinger that's going make her control her mouth or thoughts? Answer-nothing. We get that.

In fact, in a perverse way its good Schlesinger did this so a black man such as myself can point out the difference in the 2 words.

Many whites and more than a few blacks may find this bizarre-if a white person that I was having a conversation with used the word trigga, I wouldn't consider that white person a racist, I would them consider to be the same as a black person using the term- 'a cool-a/z/z trigga' that I could relax around & smoke a 'j' with.

In fact, with whites that I've hung around in the past and were cool with, I've called them trigga.

Now, they were so uptight, they wouldn't use the term back, but I wouldn't care as long as it's not trigger.

Obviously, all won't agree with my logic, but again American language is too dynamic, to try to bottle up a hip word or phrase. Trigga is both hip and the "edge"-people can forget about bottling up that genie.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 14, 2010 12:18 AM

It seems that when it comes to race most Americans would rather hide in the sand it was the same with sex years ago...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | August 14, 2010 5:24 AM

It seems that when it comes to race most Ameriacans would rather hide in the sand, it was the same with sex only a few years ago...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | August 14, 2010 5:27 AM

Come now the white "Christian" Huckabees to defend again one of their radical right-wing extremist shock jocks.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 14, 2010 7:42 AM

Ignorance is Dr. L's problem. She does not know, or maybe she doesn't care, that the "N-word" is still used regularly by whites to humiliate blacks. It's a word that categorizes all people of a certain hue into one stereotypical lump.

And the idea of letting the worst of a society, thuggish hip hop artists who also are proponents for rape and girlfriend beating, act as the example by which Dr. L determines what is racism and what is not is hypocritical at best.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | August 14, 2010 7:58 AM

I have heard more than one Jewish friend that Israel ought to give up now, just quit and move to Montana. Can I come into Dr. Laura's home and repeat that statement and expect that she will smile and say, "I don't agree. Have some cookies"?

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | August 14, 2010 8:07 AM

Thank you for your comments and clarification. Just like all whites are not racists, I know that all blacks are not either. I was just making the point that when you listen to people like her, one could draw those conclusions by association. I hear your distinction about the 2 words, but if I were black, I would not use trigga. Why? Because, unless there's something I don't know, it is an offshoot of trigger, so the association is there. So, why use it at all? It's obvious where it comes from, so how does changing the ending of the word mask it's origin. Why not come up with another word that is specific to your race as an endearing term for each other, which you have...Bro, Brother, my man, etc. Those work, don't they? I'm wondering if the rappers are the ones who started the whole "trigga" thing. And what kind of example are they? They only hurt your image, just like the ignorant "Dr." hurts ours. Just my 2 cents and perspective. By the way, just so you know, I'm white and I NEVER hear any white person use trigger, ever. I don't think I've heard it since I was a kid and I'm far from being a kid. Maybe I don't associate with the trash that might use it. There's bad in all races; guess that will never change. I just wish they would leave the race thing alone. But I read once that everyone has to have someone to look down on. It has gotten better, look whose President and don't forget how many whites voted him in. Doesn't that say something? Believe me, racists are still a minority. They're just louder and more caustic so we're more aware of their existence. So don't let the few smear the rest and the best of us.

Posted by: carolk1 | August 14, 2010 10:48 AM

I am a black woman. I was not offended by Dr. Laura's exchange with Jade. I agree with Dr. Laura. Jade took the Doctor's statement out of context, something liberals have a habit of doing, and tried to place ownership of the slur upon Dr. Laura when she was only attempting to make a point. Tavis Smiley made the assinine statement that Christians attack people in the US daily. DAILY! An absolutely false statement, and yet Mr. Smiley need not worry about his job. In order to have a true, constructive dialogue about sensitive issues, people must act as adults and not assume that a differing opinion is a personal attack. I accept Dr. Laura's apology, although I don't feel one was necessary.

Posted by: janethms3 | August 14, 2010 1:51 PM

Apologize for what? This is absurd! It's no surprise that the audio was provided by Media Matters, founded and funded by Leftist George "DIVIDE & DEMONIZE" Soros.

Political Correct idiocy continues to destroy our nation in more ways than is imaginable. It allows lowly degenerates, without accomplishment or merit, to rise to great heights simply for willingly misconstruing the intentions of others. Even more troubling is that it continues to allow uncivilized, barbaric, murderous terrorists to continue their crusade to destroy our quality of life.

Posted by: Cris1 | August 14, 2010 6:33 PM

HookedOnThePost: Regularly used by whites? Which whites? None, who I associate with.
Given that you believe it's acceptable to improperly generalize, undoubtedly based on your own prejudices and feelings of entitlement, your entire ridiculous argument about what's "used regularly" is 10,000 times more suitable to describe Black Americans. In addition, what planet are you from? To categorize thuggish hip hop artists, who represent the upper 5% of blacks with public fame and media notoriety as representative of a miniscule, unimportant segment of Black society; while at the same time lumping the entire white population in with a few obscure, debauched racist losers, who the majority of white people have no contact with, is morally contemptible.
Your delusional argument is analogous to an incredibly filthy and untidy person complaining that someone else's home is poorly kept.

Posted by: Cris1 | August 14, 2010 7:00 PM

Yuk. Never been a fan of Dr. Laura... Won't miss her. But Jade has issues and so does Dr. Laura. The "N" word is awful - neither blacks or whites should use it. The whole 'ownership of the word' thing is a bunch of crap. It's hateful. No one should be proud to "own" hate.

Posted by: kate19 | August 17, 2010 10:46 PM

Whether Dr. Laura is racist at her core, I don't know. But listening to this recording, you can definitely tell she's a mean-spirited, antagonistic, small-minded cunt.

Posted by: mcdcbear | August 17, 2010 10:57 PM

Political Correctness and all you lib haters and non-thinkers crack me up.
Speaking of crack- that's why we have an ELITIST crack HEAD, Soros Puppet in our WHITE HOUSE.
And shame on you stupid Kool Aid droolers.

Laura did nothing wrong and that caller was a MM plant.
You morons give stupid- a new definition- especially the ones that didn't LISTEN to the segment.

Posted by: CoolPillow | August 17, 2010 11:13 PM

Dear All,
I an a Latin American and I have just become informed about Dr. Laura. Having just heard the audio tape, there is nothing wrong with the position that Dr Laura was taking. I do believe that there is indeed hyper sensitivity in the Black community. As a Latin American I have heard my string of racist remarks made by Black towards different races with no reaction from our part. I do believe that politically correctness is getting out of hand and as American yo do need to evaluate the situation in an objective manner and you will see that everyone has reacted in an exagerated manner. I would listen to Dr Laura any time; she provides honest of goodness advice

Posted by: jramirez2 | August 17, 2010 11:20 PM

I listened to the call and was frankly a little shocked, but maybe that is how she runs her show, like a shock jock, don't really know. But what I did hear was the immediate focus by Laura on race, on a black woman feeling offended by her race always being an issue at gatherings of friends. According to Laura the woman should just accept the focus and talk to her friends. I find that about as supportive as telling an Iraqi war vet with one leg not to be upset when at gatherings is constantly asked what it was like to have one leg and what a one-legged person thinks about certain issues.

Laura obviously has a racial chip on her shoulder, feeling that blacks have no right to complain about anything now that a "half-black" man is president, elected by whites with blacks only voting because Obama is black. The arrogance was caustic. And she may feel her right to speak is being violated in some way by having to leave the show, but she has no right to that airwave. And she showed no rights to the caller, who she hung up on, then proceeded to continue her own diatribe.

I hope while she is off the air she has time to understand that equality does not mean just being nice to those she feels are below her and expecting a "thank you" in return. Her use of the N-word was the least offensive part of what I heard. Her obvious issue with a black woman being upset about being asked what blacks think, like she speaks for all blacks, was a genuine question, a plea for guidance. I hope Laura is no real doctor.

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Posted by: louiser | August 17, 2010 11:39 PM

I have only little to say: this poor and suffering country is more divided than ever before! As a "color-blind" person (didn't grow up here) I am particularly aware of this BS manipulative game on both sides. One is more and more assertive and the other more and more defensive. Doesn't help the country one bit and is primarily insane, considering ALL other issues TO BE ADDRESSED. Laura Schlesinger is just another casualty and a tool as such. I can't believe that people, on the brink of disaster for all, have nothing better to do than bicker in the petty corner of muddy selfishness to WIN what? Nothing is more destructive than relentless, irreversible idiocy born in nothing better than EGO.

Posted by: annemarie5 | August 17, 2010 11:43 PM

Doctor Laura was the wrong person for this caller to go to. I use to listen to her on a Christian station a few year back and felt she was to harsh with the caller's then; but this was over the top. She is suppose to be a Psycho Analyst. I think she needs to be the one on the couch; and to bring up Obama was uncalled for. Not to mention the N word which no one should use black, white or other, that word is insulting. Generally I think she is an angry women who needs to be off the air. Not just for this but for other things I've heard her say in the past. "Like, porno is good for men and there is nothing wrong with it." Just one more example of over the top.

Posted by: revcbruce | August 18, 2010 12:22 AM

See "Dr." Laura naked!

Posted by: heuristic77 | August 18, 2010 12:41 AM

It's amazing that in 2010 people still can't understand the difference between a white person using the "N" word and a black person using it. For those of you who are still culturally illiterate I'll try to break it down for you: This word was used as a racial slur by Whites to denigrate Blacks. Black people started using it as a way of chiding each other. It was our way of saying that no matter how far you think you may have gotten in life, in the eyes of white people you're no better than the rest of us. Sort of an inside joke. Even an race bating morons like Dr. Laura and Rush Limbaugh should be capable of understanding the difference.

Posted by: mss627 | August 18, 2010 1:23 AM

Outlaw the "N" word for everybody irregardless of their race. While you're at it outlaw the words: honky, cracker, etc. Report on people like the leftist "comedian" who coined the term teabaggers - that is offensive to some. Report on Pelosi for referring to people as "astroturf" - that is offensive to some. Your reporting is not balanced. How about including the offensive David Letterman in your list of public people who have offended???

Posted by: adamsg55 | August 18, 2010 7:47 AM

emotional reactions to words is a weakness, something to be overcome.

Posted by: xtiml | August 18, 2010 10:12 AM

Why anyone has EVER listened to anything this lunatic says is beyond me. The caller complained about how she was being treated and "Dr." Laura interrupted her and made the call about politics. I love how she continually cut off the caller and then says, "excuse me, can I finish a sentence?" when she never let the caller finish one. Hope this is the last we ever hear of this psycho hypocrite.

Posted by: strewth | August 18, 2010 11:54 AM

I have heard very little of "Dr" Laura, but I am amazed at how stupid and racially insensitive she sounds. Her implication that when an African American marries a white, they must "have a sense of humor" about racial insults is very revealing. Her race hatred is so obvious, she really enjoyed saying that one word over and over again. She needs to get a little honesty to go along with her so called "rightousness".

Posted by: norske60 | August 18, 2010 12:27 PM

Actually, the Quack-lady's use of the n-word was about the least offensive thing to come out of her mouth during that segment. Still, I place as much blame on the caller as the fake doctor. After all, when you call into a radio show to ask a stooge for advice, you get what you deserve!

Posted by: tomguy1 | August 18, 2010 1:00 PM

adamsg55 said: "Outlaw the 'N' word for everybody irregardless of their race. While you're at it outlaw the words: honky, cracker, etc."

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Wow, adamsg55, much respect for the First Amendment? Maybe instead of trying to unconstitutionally outlaw words, people could just choose not to say things that racially offensive. Wouldn't that be nice?

One word that we should outlaw: "irregardless." Oh wait, we don't have to, because it isn't really a word! ('Regardless' is what you mean, or perhaps 'Irrespective.')

Posted by: tomguy1 | August 18, 2010 1:17 PM

Poor Phoney Dr.Laura. I was prepared to feel sorry for her about the audio segement, but her Monumental Ego drives me away from her again. She doesn't give the caller an opportunity to express herself.

The N-word debate deserves a better forum. No group can copyright a word and punish others for using it. It's the Queen of Hearts syndrome in Racial Wonderland.

Posted by: Spectator | August 18, 2010 2:31 PM

Most of these comments are pure foolishness and you haven't listened to the tape, or Dr. Laura, before this moment. You mambe pambies don't like her because she won't hold you and stroke your sense of disillusion and tell you that your right and everything is that other persons fault, she won't let you play the victim and that makes you quiver as you have to then try to think what it will be like to own your actions as the rest of us do.

Wow aren't we all so self-righteous here? How many of you don't mind throwing around the F-bomb or G-d D--m, or love Howard Stern, perhaps the biggest pervert on radio, and you are judging Dr Laura...hypocrites!!

What a biased article, big bad Rush and Imus is all you can report on that have said such things? oh that's right, the libs and blacks never say racial things, they don't wish Palin would have died in the plane crash or Rush have a heart attack so they could watch him die or Harry Reid saying Barrack would have been carrying my coffee just a few years ago, again not only are the pots trying to call the kettle black but you are bigots as well. Oh no I said pot kettle and I must be a racist also.

Talk about racism...My president is as much white as he is black and I am offended by your hateful racism.

And of course you didn't here all of the black leaders, and from the voters themselves, that they voted for Barrack precisely because it was time for a black man to be president....Naw, because you can only hear what you already think.

Grow up also, if a derogatory word is all it takes for you to fall apart into hysteria then you are a weak child. Everyone suffers in this world, the successful ones don't look for excuses and cry to the Gov't. Is Obama your Mama? get a grip you sissies!

Posted by: pleasecoddleme | August 18, 2010 2:45 PM

Black people started using it as a way of chiding each other. It was our way of saying that no matter how far you think you may have gotten in life, in the eyes of white people you're no better than the rest of us. Sort of an inside joke.
Posted by: mss627 | August 18, 2010 1:23 AM

in the eyes of white people HUH? You racist pig!

Posted by: pleasecoddleme | August 18, 2010 2:48 PM

Will Media Matters ever do an exposé on HBO comedians? Doubt it.

Posted by: james85 | August 18, 2010 2:57 PM

True, not every question posed to Blacks about Blacks by non-Blacks is racist. How else will "they" know that the stereotypes do not apply personally if they don't ask? Also true is the fact that "some" Blacks do us the N-word. I do not see it as a term of endearment. To suggest that we all do, is racist. I have no one to whom I'd refer to as "my N-word." And I have no fear of speaking up when inappropriately addressed as such--regardless of who the errant one is. I have on occasion, used the word to make a point. I think this is how Dr. Laura was using it. I don't listen to Dr. Laura, so I can't say that she's not racist. However, I do not feel her comments were racist in this particular instance. But to say someone is hypersensitive about the use of the word is, in my opinion, an attempt to invalidate that person's right to their feelings. (Side note: In my preview of my comment, the word racist appears twice; back-to-back. That's not how I wrote it.)

Posted by: jw72085sbw | August 18, 2010 3:13 PM

Dr. Laura should NOT have apologized. She did not do anything wrong, until she caved in and apologized for doing something that was not wrong to do. She did NOT call anyone a that name. Therefore she did not do anything wrong. She was talking about a word, a word, a word!

I am so tired of the enabling that goes on towards those in the black race, who refuse to grow up.

I won't say 'THE' word on this thread, ONLY because I don't want to lose my account on this website. But I am working on a piece for my own website, where I am going to say it like it is.

Debra J.M. Smith

Posted by: DebraJMSmith | August 18, 2010 3:13 PM

Well here's much ado about nothing. Dr. Laura didn't call anyone the N-word, she just said that some folks, athletes and entertainers use it with abandon saying N-word, N-word, N-word.

So it's a bum rap. All the usual suspects are baying like a bunch of crazy hound-dogs that smell blood, but the facts of the matter simply don't support the outrage.

What a bunch of hypocrites!

Posted by: schneirj | August 18, 2010 3:32 PM

Lighten up people. Laura’s stuff is just schtick. I do not have a degree in (physiology, was it?), but I suspect that with her credentials and background, she may be jealous that Sarah Palin is getting way more attention than she deserves and wants to plow some of that fallow ground herself. What a perfect way to exit. Sarah Palin quit her job and look where it got her.

Posted by: ryingstrb | August 18, 2010 4:53 PM

Whenever people are accused of being racist, the first thing they always say is "My best friend is a black" or "I have a lot of black friends." That does not excuse them from being a racist. What do they say when that black friend or friends are not around?
I think that the word must have been somewhere in her voluminous vocabulary for the word to have rolled so freely and frequently from her tongue.
She could have said "Comedians say the n-word all the time."
I think it's quite possible she has used it before.
By the way, I am not hypersensitive about race but if you use that word in my presence, you are going to get an earful, whether you use it affectionately or not!

Posted by: dawilson1965 | August 18, 2010 7:01 PM

As a Black Briton I found this sorry from a link on the blackpresence website. This whole episode is dazzling in its brashness. What about the caller? She was calling in to ask for advice. She had barely stated her Problem before the host berated her, Later in the interview the host berated the caller again staying " are you gonna let me finnish?" all this after cutting the caller off several times previously. Come on people, beyond the race issue, the Dr is just plain rude. FurthermoreI would have thought that someone as educated as her would have had the knowledge to not shout NNN. It's irrelevant what some black comics or hoodlums say to each other, they don't represent a whole race of people, they are not ambassadors.

They are ignorant idiots who speak before they think....a little like the good/bad Doctor.

Posted by: blackpresence | August 18, 2010 7:37 PM

It sounds like Laura is the hyper-sensitive one. She is going to take her toys and go home because she is being criticized. That seems hypocritical. Instead of helping Jade to look at what was bothering her and why, Laura berated her for being uncomfortable. What is needed is an honest and open dialogue about the issue. It seems that many people are not aware of how their remarks and stereotyping impact others, including Laura. Sadly, Laura displayed no respect or regard for the caller and had nothing positive or constructive to bring to the table. I guess the good that comes from this is that maybe we will have one less egomaniac spouting off on the radio.

Posted by: Jill2345 | August 18, 2010 9:25 PM

Hey guys, this has got to stop. I am reading these comments, and what I am noticing is if a white person makes a comment that agrees with Dr. Laura,then they are called racist. If a white person is critical of the President, then they are called racist. If a white person is in favore of the Immigration law in Arizona, then they are a racist. THIS IS NUTS!! We are the USA, and we all need to be able to join in on the conversation without being labeled. PLEASE, let's all try a little harder to have more compassion and respect for one another.

Posted by: katie1263 | August 18, 2010 10:04 PM

everyone involved in the discussion needs to take cultural or biological anthropology. especially "dr" laura. apparently that's one she missed way back when and she could REALLLLLLLY use some understanding.

the study of "race" falls under anthropology. anthropologists spend their lives answering these hard questions.

don't reinvent the wheel, people.

Posted by: josephine1213 | August 19, 2010 12:26 PM

I've seen situations like this a thousand times. It's typical in america for white people, who fancy themselves to be intellectually superior to other races using a word or phrase in an attempt to bait a member of a minority race into an emotional response, then attack said victims "irrational emotional outburst" in an attempt to paint them as intellectually or emotionally weak.

Since Obama's election into office, black people find themselves prey to unsolicited opinions about his inadequacies as a president, as a united states citizen and as a man, in aught but an attempt to reinforce white peoples self perception as the intellectually dominant race. In simpler terms, the majority of the majority (that being most of the white people)hope that Obama fails miserably as president because his success highlights the falsehood that is black incompetence and threatens the established belief of white superiority.

Dr. Laura, with her overestimated love of herself, used this young woman for the most pettiest of reasons...that being self confirmation...

Posted by: streetscribe777 | August 20, 2010 3:37 PM

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