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Dr. Laura Schlessinger In Hot Water, Again ("N" Word)
San Diego dot com ^ | 8/12/10 | Ron Donoho

Posted on 08/13/2010 8:24:20 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Former San Diego radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger finds herself in yet another pot of hot water. Yesterday on her national radio program, the outspoken host made what many are labeling racist remarks, and repeatedly used the “n”-word.

Her words: "Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger. I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."

Later, the on-air discussion with a caller identified as a black woman went like this:CALLER: “Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?”

DR. LAURA: “It depends how it's said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it's okay.”

CALLER: “But you're not black, they're not black, my husband is white.”

DR. LAURA: “Oh, I see, so a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can't do much about that.”

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KEYWORDS: bias; drlaura; drlauraschlessinger; language; lauraschlessinger
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To: dfwgator

Liberal white people are always calling blue collar white people “crackers.” Also “rednecks” and other slurs. And don’t forget all those ethnic slurs from one white ethnic group to another.


51 posted on 08/13/2010 8:46:36 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hey, the esteemed Senator Robert C. Byrd used the N word at least twice in a national interview with the wonderful late Tony Snow. Did he catch any grief in the mainstream media?


52 posted on 08/13/2010 8:47:03 AM PDT by samanella ((I may not always be right, but I will never be left))
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To: Maelstorm

Wow. Dr. Laura said that word a lot. She sure wasn’t niggardly in her use of it.


53 posted on 08/13/2010 8:48:01 AM PDT by rickomatic
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To: SoFloFreeper

If I hear the n-word spoken and turn around to see who said it, which am I most likely to see:

A. A white racist
B. A black
C. A black rapper
D. A suburban white kid, pretending to be a black rapper


54 posted on 08/13/2010 8:48:39 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Bush: Mission Accomplished. Obama: Commission Accomplished.)
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To: ml/nj
Is it okay to read Hucklebery Finn anymore?

'Course not!

Nor is it okay to read The Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad nor the brilliant short story by Flannery O'Connor, The Artifical Nigger.

Probably best to stop reading the classics. Period. For the children, ya know...

55 posted on 08/13/2010 8:49:29 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Dayman

“If black folks didn’t use that word it would have fallen into the ashbin of linguistic history by now.”

That’s absolutely true, THEY won’t let it go away.


56 posted on 08/13/2010 8:50:21 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: pnh102

“And nowadays, both the words “fag” and “cigarette” are considered to be “offensive.” “

And donning gay apparel is more appropriate for Project Runway than for the yuletide season.


57 posted on 08/13/2010 8:50:24 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Things are looking rather dark for her. I hope she isn’t spooked by all of this criticism. She has to learn that it is a jungle out there.


58 posted on 08/13/2010 8:51:09 AM PDT by anton
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To: SoFloFreeper
Whatever happened to Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me?
59 posted on 08/13/2010 8:51:46 AM PDT by Marylander
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To: LibLieSlayer
I agree. It is just a word and it depends how one uses it.

I caught Rick Sanchez(?) getting frazzled over this issues. He must have spent a good 45 minutes moaning and groaning over it and likely had to take meds to make it through the show. He was the most pathetic sight during the few times I switched over CNN to see if he was still agonized over Dr. Laura. Actually it was pathetic and funny at the same time. Sanchez is such a loser.

60 posted on 08/13/2010 8:52:10 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Maelstorm

I’m ready.


61 posted on 08/13/2010 8:52:51 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: SoFloFreeper
I remember Redd Foxx using it on his show--Sanford and Son. He told the cop, "There's enough niggas in here to make a Tarzan movie." I always thought that was pretty darn funny.

Sanford and Son

62 posted on 08/13/2010 8:54:35 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: SoFloFreeper

She makes an excellent point. I used to stop of at a go-go sometimes on my way home from work and they used to play a lot of rap or hip hop style songs that constantly used the ‘n’ word. So I started using the word rather loudly myself at the bar despite their being black people there as well. The barmaid rushed up to tell me to stop and I made it clear to her that I have to hear it in the songs then I am going to say it. I told her to ban it from the songs. Unbelievably I won. They stopped playing songs using that word from then on.


63 posted on 08/13/2010 8:57:32 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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To: SoFloFreeper
It's so toxic you can't even use the n-word in a statement in *support* of the black community.
It's ridiculous but that's the way it is.
Laura ought to know that.

65 posted on 08/13/2010 9:00:27 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SoFloFreeper
In high school, years ago, we were taught that the word meant “impure black”, and was used by the field workers to describe the children of women who had been impregnated by the “white” masters. IOW mulattoes....HMMM?

"Niger" I believe is the base word for black is many of the romantic languages. The island of Niger, Niger River, Nigeria, Nigerian all not offensive.

The only reason it now has negative meaning is that it was deemed to be negative.

Sort of like the word "damn"...which comes from Latin damno which means to stop or hold back. Asking God to damn (stop) something is VERY appropriate.

66 posted on 08/13/2010 9:00:38 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

She should not have apologized. She made a good point.


67 posted on 08/13/2010 9:01:26 AM PDT by pgkdan (When the same man...holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty: George Mason)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We are ALL n_____s to da gu’ment, whether we are black, white, green or purple. We belong to IT.


68 posted on 08/13/2010 9:03:28 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: Jane Austen

I agree Jane.

LLS


69 posted on 08/13/2010 9:04:04 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: maeng

I like red heads, if you are female! If you are male, I’ll just call you SIR!


70 posted on 08/13/2010 9:04:38 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: Fundamentally Fair

Or E: My 96 year-old Norwegian grandmother. As in “I had such a nice time at dinner with that nigger girl from across the street.”

(The “girl” in question was probably 50 years old!) Of course my GM has been dead for 30+ years - but boy did it make me cringe, even though she didn’t mean anything by it. I’m still not sure why Dr. Laura felt the need to apologize.


71 posted on 08/13/2010 9:06:47 AM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: Flycatcher

“Nor is it okay to read ‘The Nigger of the Narcissus’ by Joseph Conrad nor the brilliant short story by Flannery O’Connor, ‘The Artifical Nigger.’”

Jeez. It seems everyone is writing a book about the president these days.


72 posted on 08/13/2010 9:09:59 AM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Although Dr. Lala’s point was valid, apparently she has too much white guilt to be able to illustrate it effectively. I imagine she will not be employed for much longer, because she has already signaled her weakness.


73 posted on 08/13/2010 9:10:39 AM PDT by chris37
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To: maeng
With red hair, I have been called many names such as “red”, “Carrot top”, “little Red” all my life. I guess I should really push for no one to be able to use these words. (sic)

And there's baldie, chrome dome, etc.
74 posted on 08/13/2010 9:11:00 AM PDT by crosshairs (Celebrate diversity. Own a variety of firearms.)
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To: dfwgator
"“Never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.”"

Correct!!! Mine and the "Dukes" position and people should adopt that position also.

75 posted on 08/13/2010 9:11:20 AM PDT by Old Badger (boy do opportunities abound everywhere for Real Conservatives!)
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To: Yo-Yo

Wow, I thought I’d never see that sketch again. Many thanks.


76 posted on 08/13/2010 9:11:24 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Flycatcher

In that case, John Lennon and Patty Smith are in deep do do.


77 posted on 08/13/2010 9:11:42 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: 21twelve
...but boy did it make me cringe, even though she didn’t mean anything by it.

It used to make me cringe too. It was the word you heard just before the violence started. It was a vile, nasty word that wasn't to be spoken. Now, I’m desensitized to it. Sadly.

78 posted on 08/13/2010 9:13:43 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Bush: Mission Accomplished. Obama: Commission Accomplished.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Is she still sleeping with Bill Ballance?

Okay. That was a cheap shot.

79 posted on 08/13/2010 9:15:33 AM PDT by GSWarrior (To ban me from Free Republic, please contact the moderator.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Here’s another one: Why is it alright for black people to refer to white men as “white boy”? But don’t you dare call a black man “black boy”. Its all so confusing.


80 posted on 08/13/2010 9:15:59 AM PDT by crosshairs (Celebrate diversity. Own a variety of firearms.)
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To: JimC214
In that case, John Lennon and Patty Smith are in deep do do.

Elvis Costello, too.

81 posted on 08/13/2010 9:17:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ml/nj

I read it in highschool and once after.

Now teachers take a marker or pen and cross out “objectionable” words.


82 posted on 08/13/2010 9:18:29 AM PDT by Dayman
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To: rickomatic

Back when my wife was a Lenin Pioneer in the USSR she would cry hearing about how badly Black people were treated in the United States. Of course the Blacks enjoyed more rights and more materialistic advantages than her engineer parents in the USSR.

But guess the slang word everyone used in the Eastern Ukraine for Black people that they so sympathized with? They pronounced it “nigger”.


83 posted on 08/13/2010 9:19:35 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I recall Bill Clinton using The Word and not a peep of outrage.


84 posted on 08/13/2010 9:20:13 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Selmore

If I may, all moms are not, er, equal. There are mothering mothers and there are those who are anything but.

I suggest we don’t have enough information to make a judgment about her relationship with her now deceased mother.


85 posted on 08/13/2010 9:21:14 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Lots of words are offensive. Doesn't mean they aren't accurate or don't apply in certain situations. Unfortunately, I have encountered more than a few individuals in my lifetime where disparaging terms are dead on accurate.

If that makes me racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or whatever.....I can live with it.

86 posted on 08/13/2010 9:21:29 AM PDT by edpc (Ruck Famadan)
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To: Jemian

She should not have apologized. The way she used it was to make a point, not to call a name. Hyper-sensitivity, ‘getting your feelings hurt’ — honest to goodness, the libs seek to control every word you utter that is not in THEIR rule book.

Guess what? I’m not playing. Good for Dr. Laura to cross this line.


87 posted on 08/13/2010 9:22:14 AM PDT by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Brave woman. I wish she’d stuck to her guns.


88 posted on 08/13/2010 9:23:03 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I suppose white people should lay claim to the word “cracker” and ban all other ethnicities from using “the C word” EVEN when referring to Saltines or other objects of similar design.


89 posted on 08/13/2010 9:23:17 AM PDT by KenD
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To: Selmore
I "wondered" when they found her mother dead in a crappy apartment not far from her luxurious Beverly Hills. note: Even I know you are supposed to take care of mom. (Don't need a Dr. to know that)

Depends on how bad the estrangement was. I don't know Dr. Laura's history with her mom. I do know that some parental relationships are so toxic that a grown child should not be required to take care of their parent.

90 posted on 08/13/2010 9:24:14 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: SoFloFreeper
Her words: "Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger. I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it's affectionate."

She don't get it. Whites cannot use this word as the sound of it makes African,Afro-American's go crazy and get offended...Now, it's okay if African,Afro-American's use the word....

91 posted on 08/13/2010 9:25:20 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SoFloFreeper

Good for her. It’s about time. Only race cowards would object to what she said.


92 posted on 08/13/2010 9:26:55 AM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: crosshairs

Ah, so right you are!!


93 posted on 08/13/2010 9:32:09 AM PDT by maeng ( l)
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To: SoFloFreeper
No words for how disgusted I am when someone apologizes for being correct.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

94 posted on 08/13/2010 9:34:13 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: hampdenkid
it’s a word — like “honky,” “cracker

Ya know, even though I'm a full blooded Apache and my wife is a Mongol from eastern Mongolia, we find the word cracker extremely offense.

95 posted on 08/13/2010 9:34:28 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SoFloFreeper

Lenny Bruce (forget his politics for a moment) said that by prohibiting the utterance of an offensive word, we give that word undeserved POWER. His solution was to repeat an offensive word so many times that it becomes meaningless - like Dr. Laura was doing.


97 posted on 08/13/2010 9:35:04 AM PDT by Tazzo
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Someday there will be a “reset” moment. Every culture reaches it once cultural abstraction exceeds all reason and reality. I am at my limit for tolerating what is outright foolishness.
I’m tired of dealing with those who reason like children and are as principled as whores.


98 posted on 08/13/2010 9:36:21 AM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Laura doesn’t have to apologize for anything. The old saw that blacks can use the “N” word but it is forbidden for its use by whites is silly on its face. How about the black use of cracker and other derogatory words in describing whites and other non-blacks.


99 posted on 08/13/2010 9:39:16 AM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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I’d like to add, cracker is bad enough, but when used with a southern accent, such as, “Craka” it’s even more offensive.


100 posted on 08/13/2010 9:39:57 AM PDT by dragnet2
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