No pity for Dr. Laura

Dear Dr. Laura Schlessinger,

You are the radio personality I truly love to hate.

An African-American woman by the name of Jade called you regarding advice on what to do in a situation where a white husband and his friends and relatives make racial jokes and comments that may be demeaning or to make one who is not white feel uncomfortable. And you disrespectfully shot her down, implying that she might be “hypersensitive,” and using the word “nigger” to strengthen your point.

Nigger, nigger, nigger. Yeah, I said it. And I’ll say it again: NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER.

So now, after 31 years of yapping your huge mouth on the air, you are leaving your radio program when your contract expires at the end of the year so that you may “reclaim” your First Amendment rights and speak as freely with said huge mouth as you so desire without worrying about the backlash from any of your loyal KFWB-AM (980) listeners.

I mean, blacks consistently use the N-word as a term of endearment with each other, so it’s silly that whites are not allowed to use it, right? It’s un-American! What can our world possibly be coming to now that people of all different races can’t “joke” around with other races? For God’s sake, it’s just a word, right?

Oh, my dear Dr. Laura. If you will so kindly pull your head out of your ass, allow me to point out the misconception you may have about this whole ordeal.

Racial matters have come a long way since the Stone Age—er, the 1950’s, when you were born. What may have seemed harmless and of the norm back then is now taboo 60 years later since the days of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and more recently, Barack Obama. Our nation has become much more aware of how our words and actions—no matter how they are intended to mean—affect the people around us, especially now that the United States grows more multicultural with every passing decade.

In times of oppression, the word “nigger” derived from the word “negro”—meaning “black”—which was used to describe African slaves shipped to America. Usage of the word by whites served as a reminder that these slaves were beneath them; they were lesser human beings than the glorious white folk who socially dominated them.

As time progressed, and African-Americans started gaining more independence and freedom, they began referring to themselves as “nigger,” as they would call each other “brother” or “friend.” It became a word inspired from their culture and heritage, almost like it is said to counter the disrespect from their former oppressors. Between blacks, it is a term of endearment. Between someone who is black and someone who is white… it’s downright insulting.

Now Doc, I know you didn’t personally attack Jade by calling her a “nigger.” You used the word in a matter-of-fact context, not directed towards anyone. But the tone in your voice was much more offensive than sounding like a broken record over live radio.

Nigger, nigger, nigger.

I’m sure Jade would be much more understanding of your point of view if she could reciprocate your actions with the use of the word “kyke” eleven times. Surely you can have a sense of humor about that, Dr. Laura, because you would never be guilty of being a hypersensitive Jew.

And this is where you lose my respect, ma’am. Jade is one of many who call you seeking advice when the answer should be right in front of their face, and it is your duty to sternly point it out to them. Don’t get me wrong, I admire your audacity to throw in a little sass and attitude with your advice; that’s what made you such a hit over the past 31 years. But after hearing so many of the same scenarios over and over again, you just start to assume you know all their life stories. You know every insignificant detail of the situation without them having to tell you. It makes you come off more as a bitch than a professional.

So, on top of being a stuck-up snob, you’re also a psychic. Wow. I truly am not worthy.

But wait, there’s more! And without any concrete evidence, you digressed from the topic at hand by generalizing the voting results of all African-Americans, saying many of them voted for Obama simply because he was half-black. Quite unnecessary. Yet again, another assumption! And you know what happens when we assume, right?

Yes, you have indeed made the biggest ass out of yourself by leaving your show to reclaim your First Amendment rights. You stated that your right to speak freely has been violated because you are getting very little support from your station sponsors, and receiving more backlash than anything. And that just isn’t fair, is it? Boo hoo. Poor you.

I’m going to be frank with you, Doc. The outcry and disgrace you have brought upon yourself is not a violation of your First Amendment rights. You are suffering this because you violated the unwritten law of common decency and respect. Jade was not being “hypersensitive.” But she was publicly disrespected. You are not a victim in this mess. You need to accept that this was a consequence of your own mistakes and to assume that responsibility.

Well, that’s the same piece of advice you give to all your callers, anyway.

Yours most sincerely,

An Embarrassed Cracker


About Charlotte Knight

I'm a lover and a fighter.
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