Dr. Laura who like Dr. Phil is not really a doctor but because she is on the air giving "advice" and because she has that "doctor" title, believes that what she says is always ok. After an apology that at first seemed sincere, she announced that she will be quitting her radio program so she will be free to say whatever she wants. This makes me feel that her apology was written for her by a PR person attempting damage control.
She said that she felt that she was using the "n" word to make a point and meant no harm by the way she said it. And I have heard her piece and probably agree that she was not trying to be hurtful using the word. However, one thing she must understand is that to many African Americans, the word is hurtful when uttered by non-African Americans, no matter the context. You are stepping on egg shells if you think you can get around this (George Carlin was about the only non-African American that I know that could pull this off).
What Dr. Laura has to realize is that any of us that lived in the US before 1970 can still remember a time when segregation in the south was a "fact" and the "n" word was used regularly by hateful people against African Americans on a regular basis. If you look back at All In the Family which aired throughout the 1970's, this word was still used.
I remember a recent HBO Special with Chris Rock where he mentions that there is only one acceptable time for a non-African American to use the "n' word and he went on to come up with the most complicated case possible. Though it was part of a comedy monologue, there was a ring of truth to what Chris was saying and how he felt when he hears that word spoken.
Dr. Laura is a smart person and her "advice" is generally good. I wish her the best of luck in her future endevours and I hope that she doesn't use other mediums to spew whatever comes to mind. I hope that she really was sincere in that apology and is more "sensitive" to others when she speaks on mediums that reach millions.
First, let me say this. As a nation we need to have a conversation about the word "nigger." We need to look at the historical use of the word, how it has been used to oppress black folk, and how its continued use today (yes, by many in the black community) continues to oppress today. This conversation is necessary to the continued struggle to overcome the legacy of racism in our nation. The fact that Dr Laura complained about this double standard even … more
I do not listen to her or other talk radio shows. In the car it is classical or Teaching Co. cd's, (an example I recommend to all on Lunch.com). I just think that all of these talking heads regardless of whether they are on the right or left act like "shock jocks" to boost ratings. I majored in Pol. Sci. as an undergrad and history and philosophy in graduate school and am presently an adjunct professor in Asian history, and I am appalled at how low political discourse in this country … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American talk radio host, socially conservative commentator and author. Her call-in radio program occasionally features short monologues on social and political topics, but consists mainly of her responses to callers' requests for personal advice. Schlessinger's answers have been variously characterized as direct, wise, to-the-point, abrupt and cruel. Her website says that her show "preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values and ethics."
Previously, Schlessinger combined a local radio career with a private practice as a marriage and family counselor, but since going national she has concentrated her efforts on the daily syndicated The Dr. Laura Program, and on authoring self-help books. A television talk show was launched in 2000, but it was short-lived. The Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives, and The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands are among her bestselling works.