Dr. Laura Apologizes for N-Word Barrage on Air

"I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the ā€œnā€ word all the way out - more than one time"

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 PM EDT
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Dr. Laura Schlessinger is apologizing for blurting a racial slur several times during her talk show, Aug. 10, 2010. Schlessinger wrote on her Web site that she was wrong to utter the N-word.

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Radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has apologized for throwing out the N-word multiple times in an on-air rant with a black caller who had complained about her white husband’s friends and family making racist comments about her at home, The Associated Press reported.

"I articulated the N-word all the way out — more than one time," Schlessinger wrote on her blog Wednesday. "And that was wrong. I'll say it again — that was wrong."

According to audio and transcripts of Tuesday’s show posted by Media Matters for America, Schlessinger accused her caller, Jade, of being “hypersensitive” for resenting her husband for not sticking up for her when his friends and family teased her for being black.

When the caller asked about the N-word, Schlessinger responded: “Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n----, n----, n----.”

The advice host repeated the epithet several times in the conversation when the woman objected to her point and use of the slur. Schlessinger accused her of having a “chip on your shoulder”, and later told her not to “Double NAACP me.”

When the subject veered to President Obama, Schlessinger said: “We've got a black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious.”

Audio from the show was later removed from DrLaura.com, according to Media Matters.

Schlessinger wrote on her blog Wednesday that she had been trying to make a “philosophical point” but realized she’d made a “horrible mistake.”

“I talk every day about doing the right thing. And yesterday, I did the wrong thing,” she wrote. “I didn’t intend to hurt people, but I did.”

Schlessinger  explained that she “pulled “herself off the air after the first hour because she was “so upset I could not finish the show.”

The conversation got “embroiled over the N-word,” she wrote, but added that she hoped Jade would call her back again for help: “which is what she wanted from me in the first place and what she did not get.”

Selected Reading: AP, Media Matters, Dr. Laura
 

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