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Dr. Laura apologizes for saying N-word on the air
Times Herald Record Middletown, NY ^ | 8/13/10 | Satff

Posted on 08/13/2010 3:55:29 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

LOS ANGELES – Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has issued an apology for saying the N-word several times in an on-air conversation with a caller that she said was "hypersensitive" to racism.

Schlessinger said on her website Wednesday that she was wrong in using the word for what she called an attempt to make a philosophical point.

"I articulated the N-word all the way out — more than one time," Schlessinger said in comments from the opening of her radio show that she posted on her site. "And that was wrong. I'll say it again — that was wrong."

She said she "realized I had made a horrible mistake, and was so upset, I could not finish the show."

Schlessinger said she pulled herself off the air at the end of the hour.

During the exchange on Tuesday's show, Schlessinger said the woman who called herself Jade was too sensitive for complaining that her husband's friends made racist comments about her in their home.

When the woman asked if the N-word was offensive, Dr. Laura said "black guys say it all the time," then went on to repeat it several times.

Schlessinger did not direct the epithet at the woman, but said she used it to suggest how often she hears it, and that it should not automatically be cause for offense.

When the caller objected, Schlessinger replied: "Oh, then I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any black comedians."

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KEYWORDS: drlaura; drlauraschlessinger; lauraschlessinger; racism
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Say what you may about Lenny Bruce's "potty mouth" humor, but he might have been right about one thing. When Dustin Hoffman portrayed him in the movie Lenny back in 1976(?) he re-created one of his routines in front of a mixed audience where he starts by asking, "Are there any n*****s here?" He repeats the word quite a few times angering the Black people while the Whites look on in shock. He then asks if there are any "Jewb*ys", "w*ps", sp*cs", "ch*nks" etc. By the end of the routine he's hurling out just about every known epithet and the audience soon understands what he's doing and laugh hysterically. His point was to just stop being offended by these stupid words and they will lose their impact and those who do use them will expose themselves for the idiots they are.
1 posted on 08/13/2010 3:55:33 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

The ridiculous fear of the word nigger is an embarassment in a supposedly civilized world. Saying “n-word” doesn’t magically mean the reader/listener doesn’t actually understand the actual word is what’s being mentioned.

I work with black and Hispanic teenagers who use the word constantly with each other. But adults can’t even say the word in a discussion OF the word.


2 posted on 08/13/2010 3:58:48 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("Fanaticism is described as redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."-G. Santayana)
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To: Impala64ssa
I had made a horrible mistake

Let's bring back Samuel Clemens so he can apologize too.

ML/NJ

3 posted on 08/13/2010 3:59:39 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Impala64ssa

Schlessinger is correct. Unfortunately, she will probably have to kiss Jesse Jackson’s butt now.

Read rap lyrics out loud in public or at your workplace and see what happens to you if you are not black yourself.


4 posted on 08/13/2010 4:01:05 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Can’t anyone say anything ‘off beat’ anymore, without apologizing?


5 posted on 08/13/2010 4:04:08 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Impala64ssa

I grow weary of all of this political correctness.


6 posted on 08/13/2010 4:04:12 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (If November does not turn out well, then beware of December.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I am sick to death of people saying and/or doing something and then “taking it back”. People need to stand up for what they said or have done. Good grief, I hate this apology culture we are in.


7 posted on 08/13/2010 4:04:15 PM PDT by svcw (It's not the situation that matters, it's the attitude toward the situation that matters.)
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To: Darkwolf377

And what if an adult looked at a black person and said “You’re nothing but an n-word.”???? Would that be dicrimination?


8 posted on 08/13/2010 4:05:34 PM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Impala64ssa

Maybe it’s just me, but I think the F word is much worse than “nigger”, depending on the context. Frankly, I learned over two decades ago that the word is not necessarily about race. I’ve come across “niggers” that are also white “crackers”.

And don’t even get me started on “niggardly”. It is a favorite word of Tom Clancy’s.

Words have meaning. I will not let the ignorant silence me. Especially in a country with our first amendment.


9 posted on 08/13/2010 4:05:55 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Darkwolf377

You wrote the N word!


10 posted on 08/13/2010 4:06:38 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: Impala64ssa
it seems you cant defuse the N word by saying it if you are white.

Michael Richards couldn't

Ted Nugent couldn't...

Don Imus, couldn't even say HO.

its just....what is the word?

Oh yeah, now I remember......


11 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:02 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Impala64ssa

You mean people still tune into this show?


12 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:25 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: Impala64ssa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGdCeMayUjk


13 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:36 PM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: Impala64ssa

It has been said that nigger means nothing more than worker,
maybe every one knows this, so thats why they hate the word so much.


14 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:44 PM PDT by ravenwolf (Just a bit of the long list of proofs)
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To: dynachrome

Schlessinger is correct. Unfortunately, she will probably have to kiss Jesse Jackson’s butt now.

Throw a $100g Jesse's way and absolutin forthcoming.

15 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:46 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: dynachrome

Schlessinger is correct. Unfortunately, she will probably have to kiss Jesse Jackson’s butt now.

Throw a $100g Jesse's way and absolutin forthcoming.

16 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:46 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Impala64ssa

Lenny Bruce was also a well documented drug addict that belonged in a padded room.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually appreciate what he accomplished.

He was a major league head case, though.


17 posted on 08/13/2010 4:07:54 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: dynachrome

Listen to the rap on the movie “Office Space” .....


18 posted on 08/13/2010 4:08:06 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Why Do We Americans Need ID But Illegal Aliens Do Not?")
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To: KoRn
Well at least she didn't bring me in to it! ;-)


19 posted on 08/13/2010 4:08:49 PM PDT by red tie
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To: Howie66

Sad, but very true. But even a blind squirrel finds an “Acorn” once in a while.


20 posted on 08/13/2010 4:10:39 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: RC2
After he/she finishes slicing you up with their razor and you left the hospital with a zillion stitches you might want to rethink what you had said ... but then, there are just as many non-PC words you can use to describe just about any nationality as well ....
21 posted on 08/13/2010 4:11:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Why Do We Americans Need ID But Illegal Aliens Do Not?")
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To: Impala64ssa

Either the black community decides that they actually believe in the Constitution and our way of life or that they do not. We are either all equal under the law or we have a real crisis.

LLS


22 posted on 08/13/2010 4:11:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Impala64ssa

This has less to do with disparaging Black people than it does to violate “civil decorum”.

I wonder what Dr Laura was hoping to accomplish that wasn’t worth the stress of condemnation.


23 posted on 08/13/2010 4:12:08 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: dynachrome

How about the word “honky”? Can you also justify, chink, greaser, spik, polok, canuck, russky and so on? Are we at the point now that these words will be made illegal and subject to the courts? Freedom of speach seems to be going downhill.


24 posted on 08/13/2010 4:12:27 PM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Impala64ssa

Who the hell cares what these people are called??? they have not earned any respect in 150 years.


25 posted on 08/13/2010 4:13:02 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Impala64ssa

When I see people discuss this and saying “N-word” instead of nigger, I wonder if they will be cowering in the closet when the next war hits.


26 posted on 08/13/2010 4:14:30 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: Darkwolf377

This is just another aspect of political correctness gone crazy. What is the difference if I say “nigger” or “n-word” if my meaning is to degrade or (dare I say it?) to denigrate? It’s the intent, not the word, that is hurtful. And not to defend them, but the rappers and street vermin who use it all the time know that perfectly well, which is why they use it with impunity.

One day maybe our society will wise up and realize there are more important things to concern ourselves with than “being offended” by words. Sticks and stones, remember?


27 posted on 08/13/2010 4:14:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

intent and context


28 posted on 08/13/2010 4:15:08 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: SkyDancer

That’s what makes this whole thing just plain foolish. It has nothing to do with the name calling. It has to do with what they want at a particular time.


29 posted on 08/13/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Impala64ssa

The”N Word”is the”Scarlet Letter”of today’s”OVER THE TOP PC BULLSH*T”!The ONLY REAL RACISTS are THE LIBERALS who ID EVERYONE BY RACE,GENDER,SEXUAL PREFERENCE,etc.,etc.,.And it’s ALL about keeping certain people on”THE DOLE”(and VOTING RIGHT)!!This is “The NEW PLANTATION”!!!!!!!!!!!!!


30 posted on 08/13/2010 4:16:03 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Gene Eric

Blacks say “nigger” all the time, and I mean ALL the time.. RACISM is when blacks say only THEY are allowed to say it. Them you-know-what-ers. (I’d say “Peace. Out.” but I might need permission to say that)


31 posted on 08/13/2010 4:17:27 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: bigbob

If you really want to give these people a smak-down, just refer to them as “bright, clean and articulate”.


32 posted on 08/13/2010 4:17:37 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: dynachrome
http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/102800
33 posted on 08/13/2010 4:19:12 PM PDT by hout8475
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To: red tie

Up here in New York State we get a lot that are rabid.


34 posted on 08/13/2010 4:20:07 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: Impala64ssa

35 posted on 08/13/2010 4:20:13 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: hout8475

Yup. The infamous “Naggers” episode. Laughed my ass off.


36 posted on 08/13/2010 4:20:20 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: svcw

You are 100%, totally and completely right about that.


37 posted on 08/13/2010 4:21:41 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Darkwolf377
"The ridiculous fear of the word nigger is an embarassment in a supposedly civilized world. "

That is no embarassment at all. Words' full meaning derives from the context. You know that perfectly well in general, but make an exception for the N-word. The content given to it in a conservation of two blacks is different because the context is different.

It's like saying, "I don't understand why people make such a big deal of the fact that the murderer used a gun --- our military uses guns all the time." Well, you'd say, that is silly: the contexts of using a gun are totally different. Words that were historically hurtful are just like guns: whether they inflict wounds and whether those wounds are justifiable depends on the context.

38 posted on 08/13/2010 4:21:41 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: whence911

Exactly. I’m tired of this bull where I can’t even say a word because someone doesn’t like it. Too bad - it’s a WORD. The word is nigger. Don’t like it? Go the other friggin way or stop me from using it.


39 posted on 08/13/2010 4:22:27 PM PDT by APatientMan
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To: Howie66

Van Gough was a genius in his field too and look what he did, to himself!

I agree saying the “N-Word” instead of “nigger” is like saying, “shoot”, it’s really “shit” with two “O’s”. From the late George Carlin.


40 posted on 08/13/2010 4:24:49 PM PDT by 23 Everest (Simmer on the back burner has now become a slow boil)
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To: whence911

Right.The only reason I edited the word in my posts was to make sure my posts wouldn’t get bounced. You all are right it’s ONLY a word. Sticks and stones may break my bones but whips and chains excite me. Seriously when these slurs are treated as a reflection on the givers rather than their targets, then maybe that could help improve race relatins.


41 posted on 08/13/2010 4:26:18 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

banning words in any context is an extreme example of political correctness.


42 posted on 08/13/2010 4:27:25 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Shame on her, bringing up NOVEMBER again! geesh.


43 posted on 08/13/2010 4:28:56 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: 23 Everest
“I agree saying the “N-Word” instead of “nigger” is like saying, “shoot”, it’s really “shit” with two “O’s”.

Are you thinking of the Conn. shooter who bagged EIGHT whites and they didn't even say the “N” word?
Haven't heard much about that on the news lately. ???

44 posted on 08/13/2010 4:29:29 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: BilLies

It is amazing to me how stupid or brainwashed Americans have begun. You see blacks calling other blacks nigger all the time. You hear it in black neighborhoods and especially around pickup basketball games coming from blacks and you tell me it is offensive for someone else to say it. To heck with all those that feel that way. You yourself are racist.


45 posted on 08/13/2010 4:34:08 PM PDT by RocketRoland
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To: Impala64ssa

Dumbass, she played right into their trap.


46 posted on 08/13/2010 4:36:41 PM PDT by ronnyquest (There's a communist living in the White House! Now, what are you going to do about it?)
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To: 23 Everest

I predicted that having Stroker invade our White House would result in a worsening of race relations in this country, and he has not disappointed me one iota.

About the only good thing that I can see coming from this regime, is the possible demise of the RAT party and libtards in general.


47 posted on 08/13/2010 4:39:19 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Darkwolf377

HOw about “nrich”? I use that and don’t say the “word”.


48 posted on 08/13/2010 4:42:04 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: KoRn

“Can’t anyone say anything ‘off beat’ anymore, without apologizing?”

....it’s only whites that have to apologize.


49 posted on 08/13/2010 4:43:27 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: ronnyquest
She was never the sharpest knife in the drawer nude photos, bitchy to people needing help, and a “MEAN QUEEN”, as my grandson would say about the queen in Snow White.
She has never apologized for any of her other rants. Go Away.
50 posted on 08/13/2010 5:00:04 PM PDT by BilLies
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