Dr. Laura N-Word Tirade Full Transcript

August 18, 2010

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Laura Schlessinger announced on Larry King Live that she is quitting radio.  The move to unplug the microphone comes shortly after Schlessinger took serious heat for saying the n-word eleven times in 5 minutes on her Dr. Laura radio show.

The call-in advise style radio show was talking with an African-American lady who was ironically seeking advice on how to deal with racism.


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Here is a complete transcript of that exchange.

SCHLESSINGER: Jade, welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hi, Dr. Laura.

SCHLESSINGER: Hi.

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 just 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 …

CALLER: [unintelligible]

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.

[Commercial break. Segment opens with Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" playing]

SCHLESSINGER: 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 …

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, ’cause 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 …

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 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 HBO …

CALLER: So what makes it …

SCHLESSINGER: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?

CALLER: OK.

SCHLESSINGER: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t double N, NAACP me. Tape the …

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 distressing 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 “n-–, n-–, n-–.” I didn’t call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade.

Actually, sucky 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, 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 but righteousness, to do good. That should be the greatest power.



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  • Mira

    Ah, she’s so unprofessional. I wonder what set her off to attack a caller like that… She didn’t even TRY to help the woman with her personal problem…

  • Tim Klotz

    Tony,
    You couldn’t have done a better job of hitting the proverbial nail on the head. This country is going down the toilet due to Political Correctness.

  • Tony

    This is so funny—people of the USA are a joke anymore—whine and cry over everything—you call yourselves a nation of free speech—-lol—yea ok—political correctness is killing your country and you sit back and let it happen

  • Angel

    Well said, Tim! It’s clear from the transcript that she was not condoning the use of the word, merely expressing frustration at the double-standard of usage. My guess is that Dr. Laura would not want anyone to use the word. The very clear context is one of giving an example, not hurling it as a perjorative at the caller.

    By the way, thank you ThecounT.com, for having the guts to publish the *full* transcript in its *entirety* with all the words included, no matter what letter they started with. Not many other sites were willing to do that and it makes all the difference to see the full brunt of the words as they were used and the context in which they were used.

    I am no Dr. Laura fan. I find her repulsive, actually. But this is a witch hunt. She is falsely accused of racism. However, I do think she showed insensitivity to the caller (for which she apologized the next day, unprompted by anyone else, but of her own accord).

  • http://thecount.com/members/satchwood/ Tommy Satchwood

    Very well said Mdad!

  • Tim Klotz

    Why can’t people see the double standard that is going on in this case??? It’s ok for a black person to call a white person “cracker”, and they are supposed to accept it because of something that happen 150 years ago; well before most white’s families migrated to this country. Wake up people!!! Dr Laura was expressing this “double standard” during her conversation with Jade, and now the shallow thinkers want to bash her for it. These are the same shallow thinkers that will blow up at some one in a violent act of aggression if they get cut off in traffic. If you are going to set a standard in this country for what’s right and what’s wrong, then make sure you include everything. Not just what you suits your lifestyle.

    ABC: How can you compare saying a word in public to commiting suicide??? Apples and oranges my friend; not the same thing. She was not saying that it’s ok for whites to use the “N” word. She was saying that if the “N” word offends blacks so much, then why do they use it in their communications with each other, and comedy shows to name a few???

  • mickabersdad

    Has everyone forgotten Monday, July 9, 2007??? The famous “N Word Burial” in Detroit, Michigan??? OMG!!! The NAACP declared an end to the use of the “N” word in this country by burying a coffin that represented the “N” word. During the ceramony Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said, “Today we’re not just burying the N-word, we’re taking it out of our spirit,” “We gather burying all the things that go with the N-word. We have to bury the ‘pimps’ and the ‘hos’ that go with it.”

    Unfortunatly for Kwame Kilpatrick, he did not realize the truth behind the “N” word, as so eloquently expressed by Corey Williams of the Washington Post. Cory wrote: “The N-word has been used as a slur against blacks for more than a century. It remains a symbol of racism, but also is used by blacks when referring to other blacks, especially in comedy routines and rap and hip-hop music.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/09/AR2007070900609_pf.html

    So, truth be told, if a black person can make money with it, it’s not a rascist comment, but when an individual of another color uses it in any form whatsoever; they are rascist, and should be destroyed. This is a double standard that should not be tolerated. Black people, if you do not want the word spoken in public, then you must first stand up against those in your community that use it for profit, and say enough is enough. Your arguement is sensless and mute until you set the example first.

  • ABC

    What Dr. Laura fails to understand is that, no one should use the N-word and that goes for blacks. Dr. Laura is under the impression that if blacks use the word, then everyone else should have that right as well. The problem with such mentality is that, hypothetically speaking, if all whites were to jump off of a bridge and die a horrific death, should everyone else follow suit? I’m really disappointed in how Dr. Laura handled this situation. Good luck with your future endeavors Dr, Laura, I for sure will not be supporting you anymore.

  • Sadie Donnely

    I am gonna miss her show on radio…

  • Tim Klotz

    It seems to me that this was a loaded call by a black organization set out to destroy Dr. Laura. I reference the caller’s comments:
    CALLER: You said, “nigger, nigger, nigger.”
    CALLER: Everybody heard it.
    CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.

    Looks to me like Reverend Al Sharpton is getting lonely, and looking for some more 15 minutes of fame. My question for Al is how can a race of people completly ignore the white in a half black/ half white president??? Is it their way of grasping at any simbulance of power and place in this country? They forget that the best part of Obama’s existance was a loving and caring White grandmother that raised him after is Black father abondoned him. The man has aquired moral values set forth by a white woman, so that makes him another American President.

  • http://thecount.com/members/satchwood/ Tommy Satchwood

    I do think the caller was being a bit of a jerk, but for a “pro” radio person to just flip the “N” word around, like No Big Deal… that’s stupid!

  • Anonymous

    Big deal. It’s a touchy subject to give people something to complain about…it’s not like she’s Mel Gibson or someone like that….perhaps the white executives at HBO should all quit because they make money off of black people saying that word, in fact maybe all white people that have made money from comedians using that word should quit….

  • eightball0838

    I ask my father-in-law what Aremenians think about different issues. Does that make me racist?

  • http://thecount.com/members/satchwood/ Tommy Satchwood

    Lesson learned: don’t be messin carelessly, in public, with a very touchy subject.


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