I’m not really a talk radio guy—all NPR for me—so it’s no surprise I wasn’t listening to Dr. Laura when she flew off the deep end this week.
Listen for yourself. One is too many, but that’s a lot of n-bombs. It began with a question from a black caller who was upset with her white husband for tolerating racist remarks. After a break, Dr. Laura went wild:
ALLER: 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 ok.
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.
CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the n***** word, and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: I didn’t spew out the n***** word!
CALLER: You said “n*****, n*****, n*****” and I hope everybody heard it.
DR. LAURA: Yes they did, and I’ll say it again: n*****, n*****, n***** is what you hear on HBO.
Reminds me of that scene from “Meet the Parents”—Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, b-bomb, bomb, b-b-bomb, b-da-bomb, bomb, bomb.
Of course, Dr. Laura has apologized. But what I don’t understand is what was her beef to start. Notice that it doesn’t seem to bother her that this word is derogatory; she doesn’t make the argument that many black people do that this is a dirty word that reinforces Jim Crow notions. She’s just mad because it’s a “double standard.”
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