Well, well, well. Dr. Laura Schlessinger — the radio “doctor” who isn’t really a Doctor in any real sense (and no, getting a PhD in physiology for writing a dissertation on “Effects of Insulin on 3-0-Methylglucose Transport in Isolated Rat Adipocytes” doesn’t count when you pose as a psychologist and counselor) — has finally gone full Mel Gibson.
Yesterday, she went on an extended rant, using the n-word about a dozen times in just a few minutes, in response to a black female caller who was trying to ask for advice about how to deal with her white husband and his friends who throw the word around freely. Instead of showing compassion and concern, she went on the attack, accusing the black female caller of being hypersensitive and having a chip on her shoulder. And then the radio quack reverted to the typical white defense when it comes to whites using the n-word: “Well black people do it!” Good God, the stupidity never ends.
Not only is there a fundamental difference between the use of this word by whites and the use of a derivation of the word by blacks, which I explain here, and also here, but Schlessinger missed the point: the caller made clear that the word was being used in an unkind way, not joking way, so whether or not black folks should use the word should be entirely irrelevant to this caller’s experience, or the advice offered to her. But Dr. Laura, as with all right-wing blowhards, doesn’t care about racism, or racial abuse heaped on black people. Her ultimate advice to the caller: “Maybe you shouldn’t have married outside of your race.”
Seriously, that is what she said…It would be funny were it not so sad, and not about something so serious.