|Radio talker Dr. Laura Schlessinger|
The real truth is that Schlessinger has been steaming mad ever since Barack Obama was elected president. This gave her reason to believe that racism was dead and buried. She skipped the wake and the funeral. Someone told her to spread the word that white folk could call black folk the "magic N word" without repercussion. The stinger had been removed from the word.
The August 10th call from someone named Jade opened the door for Schlessinger to vent, and invoke the magic word. She went buck-wild crazy on her nationally syndicated radio show. On this particular morning the burr in her panties was irritating her rearend. So she pulled up her skirt and scratched. And scratched. And scratched.
Jade is a Black female married to White man. She called the show looking for advice about racism and a neighbor she perceived to be racist. If you have ever listened to Schlessinger, you know that she is not very tactful, especially if the caller does not agree with her. She is extremely judgmental and rude. Jade was in the midst of explaining her dilemma when Schlessinger asked for an example of the racism she had experienced in the presence of her husband, his friends and family.
CALLER: OK. Last night -- good example -- we had a neighbor come over, and this neighbor -- when every time he comes over, it's always a Black comment. It's, "Oh, well, how do you black people like doing this?" And, "Do Black people really like doing that?" And for a long time, I would ignore it. But last night, I got to the point where it . . .
At this point Schlessinger disputes Jade. The conversation starts going down hill faster than a bike with no brakes. Jade did not get the advice she was seeking. Despite Schlessinger saying the "magic word" 11 times in five minutes, that is not what caught my attention as much as other things she said. This made me to believe that Schlessinger had an agenda. She had to get it off her chest, or burst open from the pressure.
Here is an example of what Schlessinger said that got my attention more than the N-word:
“.... 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. “
What did President Obama have to do with Jade's problem? How is Black people voting for the “half-Black” president a “BNlack thing?” Americans of all nationalities voted for Barack Obama, not just African Americans. White foks have been voting for White men since the beginning of voting for a president.
“Turn on HBO, listen to Black comics, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger.”
Initially, Jade did not say the N-word. She said it after a station break, remarking about Schlessinger's repetition of the word. Jade did not call to be lectured about African American comics on HBO.
“Oh, then I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any Black comedians.” Schlessinger's condescension erupts again, unprovoked by Jade.
“Don’t NAACP me!" she scolded Jade, who did not mention the NAACP.
Everyone can hear that Schlessinger is on a roll. She cannot stop herself. Her dark demons have taken control. She attempts to throw her own racism onto Jade's lap. The chip on her shoulder is growing larger by the second. By the time the show ended the chip on her shoulder was a log. In anger, Schlessinger hangs up on Jade, who would have to find another way to resolve the problem with her husband of three years, his friends and family.
Another kicker Schlessinger parted with: “. . . you know what? If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race!”
These are the words of a humorless White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and Skinheads all wedded to each other. Schlessinger’s suggestion was not funny; nor did her suggestion qualify as the tip of the day. Jade unknowingly gave Dr. Laura Schlessinger enough rope to hang herself. And hang herself, she did.
Schlessinger let a teachable moment slip through her fingers. She stubbornly opted to expose herself by questioning the “half-black” Obama winning the presidential election with the help of Black voters. Her disdain for an African American man having such power was apparent. As she said, “it’s all about power. . .”
She apologized the next day for her rude behavior and use of nigger. There was an outcry from her listeners. If she stays on the air she will travel this road again when "Freudian Slips" and "Mr. Oops!" invade her brain. You can count on this amateur's prediction.
Transcript from August 12, 2010
|Dr. Laura Schlessinger|
SCHLESSINGER: Jade, welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Dr. Laura.
CALLER: I'm having an issue with my husband where I'm starting to grow very resentful of him. I'm Black, and he's White. We've been around some of his friends and family members who start making racist comments as if I'm not there or if I'm not Black. And my husband ignores those comments, and it hurts my feelings. And he acts like --
SCHLESSINGER: Well, can you give me an example of a racist comment? 'Cause sometimes people are hypersensitive. So tell me what's -- give me two good examples of racist comments.
CALLER: OK. Last night -- good example -- we had a neighbor come over, and this neighbor -- when every time he comes over, it's always a black comment. It's, "Oh, well, how do you Black people like doing this?" And, "Do Black people really like doing that?" And for a long time, I would ignore it. But last night, I got to the point where it --
SCHLESSINGER: I don't think that's racist.
CALLER: Well, the stereotype --
SCHLESSINGER: I don't think that's racist. No, I think that --
SCHLESSINGER: 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. Not everything that somebody says -- we had friends over the other day; we got about 35 people here -- the guys who were gonna start playing basketball. I was going to go out and play basketball. My bodyguard and my dear friend is a Black man. And I said, "White men can't jump; I want you on my team." That was racist? That was funny.
CALLER: How about the N-word? So, the N-word's been thrown around --
SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a Black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger.
CALLER: That isn't --
SCHLESSINGER: 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. It's very confusing. Don't hang up, I want to talk to you some more. Don't go away. I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I'll be right back. After taking a commercial break, Schlessinger resumed her discussion with the caller. I'm Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talking to Jade. What did you think about during the break, by the way?
CALLER: I was a little caught back by the N-word that you spewed out, I have to be honest with you. But my point is, race relations --
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, then I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any Black comedians.
CALLER: But that doesn't make it right. I mean, race is a [unintelligible] --
SCHLESSINGER: My dear, my dear --
CALLER: -- since Obama's been in office --
SCHLESSINGER: -- the point I'm trying to make --
CALLER: -- racism has come to another level that's unacceptable.
SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. We've got a Black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious.
CALLER: But I think, honestly, because there's more White people afraid of a Black man taking over the nation.
SCHLESSINGER: They're afraid.
CALLER: If you want to be honest about it [unintelligible]
SCHLESSINGER: Dear, they voted him in. Only 12 percent of the population's Black. Whites voted him in.
CALLER: It was the younger generation that did it. It wasn't the older White people who did it.
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, OK.
CALLER: It was the younger generation --
SCHLESSINGER: All right. All right.
CALLER: -- that did it.
SCHLESSINGER: Chip on your shoulder. I can't do much about that.
CALLER: It's not like that.
SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. I think you have too much sensitivity --
CALLER: So it's OK to say nigger?
SCHLESSINGER: -- and not enough sense of humor.
CALLER: It's OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it's said.
CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It's -- 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.
SCHLESSINGER: 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 nigger" word, and I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: I didn't spew out the nigger word.
CALLER: You said, Nigger, nigger, nigger.
SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that's what you hear.
CALLER: Everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.
CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I'll say it again --
CALLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?
SCHLESSINGER: -- nigger, nigger, nigger is what you hear on HB --
CALLER: So what makes it --
SCHLESSINGER: Why don't you let me finish a sentence?
SCHLESSINGER: Don't take things out of context. Don't double N -- NAACP me. Tape the -- (Schlessinger started to say double nigger . . .)
CALLER: I know what the NAACP --
SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.
CALLER: I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a White person. And I know the white person made it bad.
SCHLESSINGER: All right. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can't have this argument. You know what? If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race. If you're going to marry out of your race, people are going to say, "OK, what do Blacks think? What do Whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think?" Of course there isn't a one-think per se. But in general there's "think."
And what I just heard from Jade is a lot of what I hear from Black-think -- and it's really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the N-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to Black comics, you hear "nigger, nigger, nigger." I didn't call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade. Actually, lucky try.
Need a sense of humor, sense of humor -- and answer the question. When somebody says, "What do Blacks think?" say, "This is what I think. This is what I read that if you take a poll the majority of Blacks think this." Answer the question and discuss the issue. It's like we can't discuss anything without saying there's -isms?
We have to be able to discuss these things. We're people -- goodness gracious me. Ah -- hypersensitivity, OK, which is being bred by Black activists. I really thought that once we had a Black president, the attempt to demonize whites hating Blacks would stop, but it seems to have grown, and I don't get it. Yes, I do. It's all about power. I do get it. It's all about power and that's sad because what should be in power is not power or righteousness to do good -- that should be the greatest power.