August 18, 2010

Dr. Laura announces she is leaving talk radio

Posted: 10:39 AM ET

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Embattled radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced Tuesday she will not renew her contract that is up at the end of the year, telling CNN's "Larry King Live" she wants to "regain my First Amendment rights."

Schlessinger, 63, has been under fire for using the N-word repeatedly during an on-air conversation last week with a caller.

In announcing her decision "not to do radio anymore" after being in the business for more than 30 years, Schlessinger said, "I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry or some special-interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent."

National furor erupted when Schlessinger used the N-word 11 times in five minutes during a call August 10 with an African-American caller who was seeking advice on how to deal with racist comments from her white husband's friends and relatives. The conversation evolved into a discussion on whether it's appropriate to use the word ever, with Schlessinger arguing it's used on HBO and by black comedians.


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Doris   August 18th, 2010 10:54 am ET

Oh! I totally understand Now. I thought that the RACIAL RANT made by Dr. Laura was offensive and I felt ashame that someone like her would say something like that. I, being a black woman am not comfortabe with the N-word being used by anyone. I taught my children not to use that word. It has been used to degrade black people. But NOW I understand Dr. Laura was saying how she felt about black people, she was saying what was in her HEART.

Thank you Dr. Laura for letting us know how you really feel.

Lee   August 18th, 2010 10:57 am ET

Dr Laura needs to retire - but not because she used a racial slur. She needs to retire because she didn't listen to that caller OR respond to her issue. Her inability to do that simple task happens again and again with Dr Laura. The caller was upset because she was being treated badly by her husband's friends and her husband refused to defend her. But Dr Laura rushed right by that to give her 2 cents worth about how some folks use the n-word in casual conversation or in their music. That wasn't the point of the call Dr Laura - good thing you are moving on, you've lost your way.

Jeff   August 18th, 2010 11:01 am ET

Although I do support First Amendment Rights, tell Dr. Laura to try working for the NAACP.

American   August 18th, 2010 11:22 am ET

Please read the transcript. Not only did Dr. Laura not permit the caller to finish her comments, she was condescending and racist in her statements she made. I’m glad that the conversation has made national headlines and that Dr. Laura will no longer be a radio presence. Regardless of my personal opinion on her conservative stance, there is no place for someone of any influence to spew such vitriol without consequences. Spreading discord, racism (it is a plague in all communities that should not be tolerated), hatred and support of violence as a means to an end cannot be condoned. This country and our world will never co-exist peacefully and with tolerance until people refuse to embrace prejudice and sweeping generalizations. Judge all individuals based on character and actions.

dawn`   August 18th, 2010 11:22 am ET

She's right. She's absolutely right.

The only thing I think she should have done differently is refuse to apologize and tell the jesse jackson, al sharptons of the world to go to hell. The problem with apologizing to these types, even if you really think you're in the wrong, is they see it as weakness, or blood in the water. They will under NO circumstances accept an apology and will still go out of their way to crucity you.

The only option is the same one we have to use with radical Islam. Fight back and they will scamper away like rats.

DurDur   August 18th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

You have freedom of speech Laura, you said what you wanted to say. What you really want, is freedom from consequences from what you say, and that is not legally granted. If what you say is dumb and upsets people, don't expect those people to say and do nothing. The advertisers dropping you is just the free market at work.

Liz   August 18th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

Thank God!!!! I just hope she doesn't end up on satellite radio!!! I cannot STAND this woman!

Otis   August 18th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

Dr. Laura is the VICTIM of reverse discrimination. I am a super-liberal, but am starting to understand where the power of the right wing is now coming from. It gets its power from idiotic overreactions such as this. We are building to a new racism, and it is driven by the minority group leaders pushing so they retain power.

Tribdo   August 18th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

No one is offended unless they let themselves be offended. No matter what the word is or who says it. I don't think Dr. Laura did anything wrong and did not need to apologize. The caller should know Dr. Laura is tough and may say tough words to swallow before calling. It was a risk she took. Dr. Laura also has the right to say what's on her mind without the whole world revolting against her. Just like everyone that went on American Idol chanced being offended by criticism of their performances. Anyone that calls in about their problems chances being offended by her criticism of their behaviors and reactions. It's happened over more serious comments than the "n-word." The "n-word" is only as offensive and alive as people allow it to be. We all get offended over different things and Dr. Laura is right that this issue has gotten a hypersensitive reaction.

rcj112   August 18th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Praise God!!!!!!!! Finally the Devil is defeated.

Zen In California   August 18th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

Are you a Doctor or a Politician? PICK! You can’t be both on the same show! You still don’t get it and you’re still ticked off! Your anger was spewing out of your ears because you really believe that you should be able to say the “N” word and keep fans and sponsors! The ONLY place this attitude will work is at a Klan rally.

My teenager commented while watching the show that you came across as very Prideful – ‘having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those you view as unworthy.” As a divorced mother and listener for over 13 years I was shocked and deeply hurt by my beloved Dr. Laura actually siding with ignorant rappers using the “N” word. I really enjoyed listening and learning from the callers and your responses. I did not always agree, but, I learned!

This time Laura, you’re the one that should go through a racial sensitivity class and broadcast what you learned so all of your viewers can grow with you! You talk about freedom of Speech, however, even on your own You Tube Channel the viewers can’t comment? Why is that? Is that not censorship? Until you start behaving like a doctor. with true morals, values and character I will never be a fan of anything you do!

I really believe that you have made a positive impact in the lives of many people hurting, especially single and divorced mothers! But, obviously you have another agenda now and I can respect that and your decision to move on! Just don’t hide behind the mask of being a compassionate and helpful person, when your mission, vision and objective has clearly turned into something else! I wish you and your family love, peace and happiness. And as you always say, "Now, Go Do The Right Thing!" Namaste....Zen In California

peg   August 18th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

Oh Now I Get It!
We can say anything we want now that we have a Post Racial World and a Black President. There is no racism...The rules of decency and respect no longer apply.
Perhaps she is not breaking any laws, and
I am sure her ability to offend, is what she is getting paid for, but....
Dr. Laura's "Logic" in this case , does not take into account that the world isnt fair, and that some things are offensive no matter who says them , when they say them or if we have a black president.
Time to grow up and use that PHD for something constructive!

Boulder Liberal   August 18th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

I hope and pray that hers will soon be the destiny of many conservative talk radio ranters. They have done incalculable damage to my country.

Corporate news, Fox "News," innumerable, unqualified TV and radio "commentators" along their train of absurd, disingenuous books... time to grow up, America! Other countries are catching up and surpassing us while Rush assures us that America’s problems are all the liberals' fault.

Believe that at your own expense, America. You and our children are already paying a bitter price.

While rich Republicans, Corporate America, and their pet interests are laughing all the way to the bank with our money, people are starving, children are malnourished, education is declining….

IKHAN   August 18th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks.
in these times when this country is passing thru a phase which should make every American ask where are we heading for? We have no room for people who contribute to the atmosphere of hate, racism & intolerance which is being whipped up by certain elements including politicians.
Its also important that we note the tilt towards religious persecution bordering on fascism that we are witnessing in regard to the Islamic Community center project in lower Manhattan. Deliberately labeled as 'Ground Zero Mosque' by these same elements.
A project which would have a swimming pool,auditorium, restaurants, shops & would be open to the community. Two blocks away from Ground Zero in an old building once housing Coat Factory. The area incidentally houses a Strip Bar & Adult Video shop.
So much for misleading propaganda & the 'hallowed ground' argument.

jan   August 18th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

Dr Laura – your first amendment rights are safe. The government is not pressuring you off the air – your listeners are! What you did was disrespectful to the caller and your audience. What you are experiencing is pure capitalism. Your show reflects poorly on your sponsors and their products. They dont want to pay for your drivel.

Judi   August 18th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Dr. Laura has always been rude and offensive. Whenever I happen upon her on the radio I immediately change the channel. She thinks she has the only opinion that counts. She is just another loud mouthed rude radio personality. I prefer talk radio to be informative and NOT opinionated. People would call her for help and she would berate them and hang up. Her day is over, wish it had happened a whole lot sooner.

Helen Nordo   August 18th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

Dr. Laura did the right thing by leaving the air since she will not have to bow down to constant criticism over stupid things. This black woman, who obviously cannot handle her own affairs told Dr. Laura that her husband was calling her friends "names", how did she expect Dr Laura to answer, the woman was hesitating so Dr. Laura tried to "help" her, I can't see it any other way unless you are a true racist & just looking for sympathy for no reason at all & what is it with this Al. Sharpton, he is nothing but a trouble maker. Pretty soon white people will have to walk on the other side of the street, this reverse discrimination is getting out of hand. From what I have heard on some of the "black" tv shows, they DO say a lot worse & their words are never banned. It is a two way street & we should be able to express ourselves, without offending, but when you run a talk show & you are on a time limit, it is very difficult to watch every word you say. Stop the filthy language in rap music & rap videos & then, if you hear THAT word repeated...then and only then should you complain! Keep up the good work Dr. Laura, you did nothing wrong & CNN & Al Sharpton, you should be ashamed of yourselves. This is 2010!

Nicole Salas   August 18th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

Good!!! I have listen to her and even called her and she is very short with callers and even hung up on me.

crt   August 18th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

I too am like Dr. Laura. Why can't people use any word they choose? You are only offended if you think of yourself as of that. That word does not describe a race, it is merely an adjective. for many, including white people, describing how one may act. I am 60 years old and grew up in an area not ever seeing a black person until I was in high school. But I recall me and my brother calling each other the unlawful word on many occausions as we were growing up. We also called each other many other things but it did not change our race or who we were. If you are weak, then things like this will bother you. This caller to Dr. Laura was hoping that Laura would take her side and she didn't. If this caller had married a black and another black had used this word, then Dr. Laura would not have been put in this position. I applaud Dr.Laura for the lesson she gave the caller and she does not owe anyone an apology. If anything our goverment should apologize for ever letting it get out of hand. The white goverment that has ran this country,( from 60's on), has been trying to do right by all blacks , but it has backfired on the entire country and world. We as another race cannot have our own opinion on anything without being attacked fisically or verbally. I see racism on the highway as I travel to work, in conveient stores as I get gas and finally after I get to work there it is again and all being done by the BLACKS. I just wish that people like Dr. Laura and others who have some sort of power, would put there foot down and say," I have had enough !". Well I have had enough and just on my own little small scale, I will boycott and say my peace to whomever it may hurt.

trthbknown   August 18th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

The fact remains Dr. Laura has been on the radio and writing books for 3 decades... if you are a bigot and/or a racist, I don't think you would last a week.
The liberals don't like her because she speaks the truth ~ she tells it like it is and some people will not hear the truth. She is tough and right to the point and doesn't sugar coat anything.
Her true motivation is to help people and has done so for 30 years!
You will always here African American call themselves the N word or makes jokes in that manner.
African Americans can use the N word but if a white person does... then they are called racist. And that was precisely her point…. The woman she was talking to was African American and her husband is white ~ she was commenting on the racists comments the family and friends would make about African Americans.
Dr. Laura is a woman of great character.
She is not a racist.
People are quick to omit all of the good she has done in so many lives including my own. People always focus on the bad because they enjoy it ~ it elevates them and makes a juicy story.
This is typical liberal media smut and sensationalism!
Anyone who has negative comments without knowing Dr. Laura and her beliefs are making a judgment call....and that is just plain ignorance.

Renee   August 18th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

I heard this call live, and did not feel that Dr. Laura was trying to be offensive or condescending. If anything, she pointed out how wrong it was that this word is spoken so freely in the black community, if it is, in fact, supposed to be so tainted. I have also heard Dr. Laura speak on the phone with MANY African American people throughout the years, and she has been respectful and helpful. I am very sad to hear that she is now being chased off the airways by intolerance. She apologized before any of this backlash came about, which proves her sincerity. That should be good enopugh. If an apology will never be accepted, then what is the point? . I think Dr. Laura is an intelligent woman who supports marriage, responsibility for children and common sense values. It is a shame that this one comment will deprive an audience of her wisdom.

Carolyn   August 18th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

I second that sentiment – Praise God!!!!!

Now if only we could get rid of the other "think they're holier than thou, prejudice, right wingers, splewing liars"- Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh!!!!!

Dr. Laura "claims" she apologized, but if you listen to her so-called apology – she NEVER once apologzied to the caller – Jade.

I CAN'T stomach people like her -– thank god she's leaving the airwaves!

Nana Brown   August 18th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is and has always been one of the bigoted people. Her 5 minute therapy, tantrum, temper and bigotry was encouraged and pampered only because she was from the group of the chosen people. Laura is nothing more than an ignorant loud mouth women no different than Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham , Sarah Palin ,Pat Buchanan or Rush Limbaugh.
Giving Schlessinger air time is the saddest thing the media has done …..good grief, what is this country coming to? Helen Thomson said what she saw over the years in office that was discussed openly but never in print or in the media time and had a senior moment and all hell breaks loose! Ooops !!!! this was a highly sensitive area and she was removed from office for expressing her feelings that more than 3/4 the worlds people agree with. Dr Laura gets air time on Larry King why not Helen Thomson?????? I will be the first in line to be buying Helen Thomson's book hope you do the same Larry. Why does freedom of speech always is mollycoddled by a chosen few? Dr Laura will be back like a bad penny with a louder mouth this time.
The media is nothing more than a mischief making tool supporting the CEO they work for. Free media first and then let Helen Thomson and Dr Laura Schlessinger on Larry King and every talk show in the US

Dean   August 18th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

It is great that Dr Laura wants to give advice to people and wants to help
them to the best of her ability. It is sad when she was interviewing the
woman about the " N " WORD and Dr Laura was more defensive than

It is unfortunate when people are in her position ;and feel that they are
untouchable and can say what they want no matter who they offend.

They justify everything by calling it free speech. Well I guess the next step
would be to join the shock jocks like Howard stern. He also went too
far and was pulled from lot of radio stations for crossing the line.

Robin   August 18th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Dr. Laura is bitter because she feels many people are not accepting her apology. My impression of her apology was that it did not sound heartfelt nor did it show remorse. If she truly was "sorry" she would not be looking for a new venue that would allow her to say whatever she pleases without repercussions.

Anna   August 18th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

I agree with Lee and a bit with Otis. There is a hypersensitivity in this country about some minority groups. I don't think race is such an issue anymore today (at least where I am), but some African Americans are still making it an issue. I think an apology is always good. I have often thought that she needed to give one with regards to her occasional insensitivity and inability to listen all the way and instead rolling over the caller like a tornado. I like assertiveness and being direct, but only when it is coupled with a bit more of a true desire to serve and help the caller rather than a love for hearing your own voice and opinion.

She is nuts   August 18th, 2010 3:49 pm ET

Thank goodness. It is time she spew her hatred somewhere else

Anna   August 18th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

...forgot to say that I wish Dr. Laura would consider listening with a bit more sensitivity before the comments and then rather than alienating herself continue on radio because I do like most of her views and advice!

Karlyle   August 18th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

Wow, she doesnt sound that remorseful to me... She pretty much says she wants to be able to say the nword without having to deal with the consequences... I dont see how spitting out tne nword numerous times is "helping" people... This women is a complete idiot.

sunny   August 18th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Dr. Laura did nothing to help this woman with her question. She simply went into a rant about why any person should be able to use the n word as some black comedians do. Well, in this woman's same situation. Picture dr. laura as not married to a man of the jewish faith. Picture his friends coming over and asking her how Kykes do this or that. Basically that is what this woman was asking. Dr. Laura is a bigot and always has been. She has a superior attitude and definitely is incapable of helping anyone. She should never have had a show.

Penn   August 18th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

She was dismissing the woman who called in. She sounded superior but not really helping the woman. On the other hand, why people still keep on giving negative meaning to a neutral word in this generations? Are there people do not want the nation to move on? Ha, I presume saying blond or brunette is ok?

LaoShur   August 18th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

Dr. (pronounced /dur/) Laura has been ranting and raving from the moral platform so coveted by the far right for years. I loved the way she berated and belittled people for their sexual awareness, while playing down her own whoring and infidelity.
The same as Newt Gingrinch ranted about his contempt for people that have extra-marital affairs, yet passes off his own affairs as "private life".
Or Rush Limbaugh ranting about his intolerance for drug users all the while he's arrainging his next fix for illegal drugs.
Dick Cheney criticising draft dodgers while ignoring his own draft dodging (5 deferments IS draft dodging!).
Oh, the list is long and heavy of those wonderfully, intolerant, abusive hypocrates from the moral majority far right. Proof positive God DOES love America uber alles!! So let's all shout just like those adorable Brown Shirts from the past that beat up homosexuals during the day, then slept with each at night....HAIL VICTORY, HAIL VICTORY,HAIL VICTORY!

William   August 18th, 2010 5:21 pm ET

The point is not that N-word. The issue is that the caller expected a resolution to her dilemma. She did not call in with the intent to create this mass hysteria of the usage of the N-word. However, as plain as the nose on a face, she did make a known point that African Americans or Blacks have always well been aware of for years – That is what you think of them (African Americans or Blacks) regardless. Here is another bit of news, most African Americans or Blacks have already accepted that Caucasians have called them the N-word, under their breathe, behind their backs and in their closed circles despite claiming to be friends with the. The uglier side that no one wants to address or admit is that this person reached out for help and instead was handed a personal tirade, of why President Obama was voted into office, "regardless of what he was gonna do", why the comedians on HBO continually use the N-word and that she should marry within her own race. The first Amendment was never the issue. (The Dr. Laura even with her tough love – now wants to be a victim). Now, for some more education; African Americans or Blacks have accepted this position a long time ago since the 2/3 rule and have moved on. The Liberals standing up shouting, 'you racist' are usually Caucasian. Lastly even the most famous African American or Black stars and celebrities can finish this statement – "No matter how high I go I will be known as . Ask your friends if they have ever heard that statement.

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

GOOD, another Republican Potty mouth off the air-waves. I hope Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reily and Glenn Beck follow Laura into the sunset.

rodney smith   August 18th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

did Larry just call white people a "non N-person"? what exactly did he mean by that?

Ann   August 18th, 2010 6:13 pm ET

I guess she will join Rush Limough now, he also can't take criticizem.
too bad, she often had good adivce and was able to nail the issues, just her extremenes got on the way often and lost her objectiivty, I thought that therapist were spouse to be objective and stick to the issuses, not ranting their own adgenda, which since many years now she has done it, Agree with the person that she should pick her side, can't be a politican and a counseler at the same time....

Mindy   August 18th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

I did not hear the call where Dr Laura used the N-word but I think that many people have forgotten that as a whole "WE ARE NOT PERFECT AS HUMANS – We ALL make mistakes! That being said, we are always so quick to judge someone else but take offense when someone does the same to us. I personally have 2 children who are bi-racial (African American and White) and my personal choice is that they don't use the N-word because it does carry a high degree of negativity with it.

I think that we all have our own right to use whatever words we want but if you are going to use a derogatory term don't get all up in arms because someone from another "ethnicity etc" decides to use that same term. It's a double standard and its about time that American's started taking our past issues with race etc and addressing it in an open positive forum.

The one thing I can say about Dr. Laura is, she has a tendancy to get you to think about things that you may not be really ready to think about. I have listened to her showed many times and each and every time a caller asked a question that was actually a smoke-screen for what was really going on, Dr. Laura got straight to that issue and made them think about it. We, as a race, never really want to face what is right in front of us. She makes a lot of people think about what they don't really want to face. For that, I love her!!!

Lucy   August 18th, 2010 6:23 pm ET

I've never listened to "Dr. Laura" on the radio. I know her mostly through shows like yours.

I think of her as venomous. She (like Limbaugh and Beck) makes money by spewing hate and intolerance. And, sadly, people in the US by her crap.

Oddly, this liberal didn't mind that she said "n*****" on her show. I have problems with adults not saying that word when in discussions about race and that word. It's using the word as an insult that is wrong. I think it's somewhat infantile for adults discussing language to not say the words they are discussing. I'm well aware I'm in a minority.

It's as a feminist that I most disagree with "Dr. Laura."

I'm sure she'll continue to spew her venom and intolerance via other media and other forums - including your show.have problems with "Dr. Laura's explanations for why she used the word.

Yahoiakim   August 18th, 2010 6:28 pm ET

when the none N' person use it... So what are you saying Larry King....

lanman10   August 18th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Dr. Laura has a point, and I don't believe she is racist. True people should not be so sensitive however if she would just stop talking for a few minutes and listen she could understand why her caller was upset. For example, how would Dr. Laura like it if everytime people came to her house they starting talking about aging women and their wrinlkes and she just happned to be the only aging woman around. What if they used expressions like "old witches" or "sea hags" to refer to older women. i bet they would be out the door in nothing flat.

Linda   August 18th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

Dr. Laura's logic that she's justified in using the n word because she's heard some comic use it is like using the fact that there were some black plantation overseers to justify slavery. Yes, I freely admit there are some African Americans who are ignorant of the history of the word and its use to denigrate a race of people. But there are millions of African Americans who do know and find her use of the n word detestable. She's either ignorant or hatefilled and we don't need either on the airwaves.

Scott Stodden   August 18th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Good We Don't Need Racists On The Radio Or Television! She Was Wrong For What She Did And She Needs To Leave America All Together There's No Room For Racists!

Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

LacrosseMom(the real one)   August 18th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I once listened to her, until she went over to the dark side. She is a racist and a hater.

May God have mercy on her troubled soul!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   August 18th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

@ Dawn, wow.... you are so angry. As a Christian, I am one, I could never condone someone, anyone using a racial slur. What are the Jesse Jackson's, Al Sharpton's etc., suppose to do? Stand by in silence while some angry woman goes on a rant?

We ALL have freedom of speech, but NO ONE has the right to use HATE SPEAK. There is enough hate in our Nation, enough division!

Where are the Christians? Why are Christians not condemning the obvious racism not only about the use of the N-word but the hate against the Muslims?

Hate IS NOT a Christian value!

Peggy   August 18th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Glad to see her go...she is one of the rudest...inconsiderate person I heard in a while to be a Doctor.....she is a female Rush Limbaugh! Both of them need to go!

Al   August 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Time to say goodbye. She used to interrupt too often!

Gary Bowden   August 18th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

What she said had nothing to do with what the caller was complaining about,but she wasn't calling the woman that or anyone else for that matter.She admitted she was wrong and apologized,but now,the media is covering it to death!! What's wrong,no more Mel Gibson tapes to play?? Where was the outrage when Louis Farrakhan called the Jews names?? Was the media afraid of him and call him out on it? Can't remember if they did or not,but if they did,it wasn't to the extent of this,is there?? Why the double standard?? Dr. Laura is not a racist.She was trying to make a point and now,it's all this mess.Let's move on,shall we??

Gary Bowden   August 18th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

She wasn't saying what was in her HEART,she was trying to make a point is all.Sometimes if you need to make a point,then you're going to have to use a word or phrase to make it.It's that simple.Besides,she said that she has friends that are black that come over and play basketball and have heard them say it to one another,so if she's a racist,then why would you have friends that are BLACK??? Doesn't make sense,does it?? If you're a true racist,then you only associate with your own kind!!!

Maryanne   August 18th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

BYE LAURA! See a doctor!

Bryan   August 18th, 2010 11:17 pm ET was worse, this interview or the original broadcast, she is asking for the constitutional right to a racist?

Sciblet   August 18th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

Anytime I have ever listened to "Dr" Laura, I am amazed at her vicious callousness when talking to people who seem to truly need a little guidance. I have heard her caustically berate grieving people for having family issues with funeral arrangements, instead of helping them through an awful time. I have never understood why anyone would call and subject themselves to her bullying.

This is not an issue of racial sensitivity, but an issue of her own lack of respect on an issue she can't possibly understand. Could she really think she was "helping" this woman by suggesting that if she is hypersensitive to the N-word, she should not have married "outside her race"? Or by pointing out that since TV shows and other "n-people" (thanks Larry) use the N-word, she, as a black woman, should be able to shine it on when others in her social circle make racist comments?

Laura was showing her true nature with this call, and it has bitten her in the backside. I don't buy her apologies, or her assertion that she is quitting radio to reclaim her 1st amendment right. In actuality, people have finally spoken up against her arrogant vitriol and she is quitting before she can be forced out.

Chris   August 18th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

i've listened to her for decades on the radio, and every year she got less and less patient, and more and more belligerent with her callers. i believe that in the beginning she was actually trying to help people, but year after year it got tougher and tougher. it happens to many people as they age–that loss of common courtesy and i just feel bad for her and the spot that she's pigeon-holed herself into. i know that she is blaming others for her demise, but the truth is that she never DID lose her first amendment rights–she was just afraid to use them. i don't think she's a 'bad' person, i think she's just lost.....

cynthia   August 19th, 2010 1:03 am ET

Some lines you just don't cross Dr.Laura. Your old enough to know better. Its socially more acceptable for someone to make fun& degrade your own race. But you can NEVER do it to a race different from your. Don't NAACP u? "don't KKK us" we don't want to hear it. Kicks rocks divider! So long Dr.ignorant!I wouldn't be surprised if I see her campaigning with Sarah Palin in the near future. Crazy & wacky minds think alike.

Luis B. Rosario   August 19th, 2010 2:12 am ET

If she can't take the heat, it is great that she is seeking early
retirement rather than admit she made a mistake by letting the
caller get the worst out of her. But she is not the tip of the
" iceburg." Like Smith in Oregon said, now we have to get
rid of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.
and some other insensitive radio jokeys that do the country
no good. They abuse our freedom of speach rights and they
alienate the country on a war path that we don't need. Their
anger and their quest that makes them bad is not the use of
"N" word as a racist statement but theirs is a deeper seed
sown in a field of hatred, racism and bigotry. They are the scum
that we would like to flush down the drain to the sewage depot.

ajj   August 19th, 2010 2:29 am ET

GOOD FOR HER!!!! I get so tired of NOT hearing the word and having people say "the 'N'word" like hellfire and brimstone shalll rain down on us. She was right, Lots of people use the word, especially in rap and on music shows etc. If everyone has to hear it then everyone should be able to say it.. Why is it only ok for a certain group of people to use it? Thats crap. Personally I dont like the word, but there are a lot of words I dont like. I know there is a lot of history behind it and thats a shame.
Seems I may be in the minority here, but as a writer..... its SO critical to have the right, not just constitutional, but inalienable right, for anyone to say what they are thinking. That being said...the other half of that is you have to take responsibility for your words. Seems she has done so. People dont ask her advice because they e=want to be coddled....they ask it because they want a straight forward answer. And she delivers it. No bush beating. If you want nice go see a therapist to be nice to you. Her Job isnt to be nice; its to tell people what they need to hear. and we are all hyper sensitive in this country and its really too bad that one word ....six letters..... can divide people. Ive been called very bad things in my life... and I know Im none of those i dont own it. If you dont own it then it cant hurt you. But if you use the word, and you own it please dont be surprised if youre called it. If its such a hurtful word to some people...why use it? If you call your self that, call your friends that, use it in your music.... stand up and be proud. I think our society today has extended that word outside of racial barriers and no one group can own it. That stuff only keeps you down if you want to live there in your head,
She said it, she appologized, and is moving on. Hope you all can too. Do you appologize when you say the word? do you leave yiur job? Why should she? Just as much right to say that as anyone has to call her a racist or hate monger, or the devil.... wonder who the haters are here.

Robert   August 19th, 2010 6:47 am ET

Now go put that degree to its proper use, Gym Teacher Laura.

Gustavo   August 19th, 2010 7:15 am ET

THANK GOD for CNN , They brought to light this Dr. Laura mess.... John Roberts is on the money with his in depth questions .... BROVO !

Mindy   August 19th, 2010 7:16 am ET

@LacrosseMom(the real one) – I love when someone states "As a Christian" Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson etc... Over the last few years they have been so willing to jump on any little thing that may be race related and never give the one thing that God says we should "MERCY". Every single one of us.. Christians, Catholics, non-religious alike are fully capable of screwing up and apologizing for that mistake and deserving the opportunity to show that we really mean it.

I do not see Dr. Laura as a mean, vicious, hateful person. Anyone who hears hate in any of her content is simply looking for the next "racist" to crucify. Its that simple.

We, as a nation, have become so intolerant of every little thing that our neighbor does that we are quick to fight, pay back, file a law suit or get a gun and settle it ourselves. We have no tolerance for someone having a bad day, going through a divorce, losing a loved one. We are so self absorbed that we don't even see that "we" are our own worst enemy.

We can't even openly discuss the issue of race and all of the problems it has caused without completely having a melt down over it. No one is willing to have the hard questions asked and answered. It is easier to turn it around and point it back to the person who is asking and acuse them of being racist instead of honestly dealing with the issue.

I have two daughters who are bi-racial, African American and White. I teach them to be proud of who they are but not to feel they have a right to walk around with a chip on their shoulders because our country has a past that includes Slavery. And for all of you out there who think we are the only country who indulged in this horrid way of life, think again. Even some of the African tribes were engaging in Slavery of their own people as well as raiding other tribes and selling the people they kidnapped to white traders.

Also, another interesting fact, the United States did not import nearly as many slaves as South America did. The numbers they imported were somewhere in the range of quadruple what the US imported. And if you look at their cultures through out South America, they do not have the desention that America does over this same is practice. Makes you think, huh?????

Linell Grundman   August 19th, 2010 9:00 am ET

Over the years Dr. Laura has been selling her philosophy, I've watched friend after friend turn into a bitter, frightened right winger. She has been apart of move the country backwards instead of forwards in my view. Though I have tried to remain open minided given my conservative back ground and my core values. However I could barely watch 10 minutes of her interview because of her facial and body language. I'm sure she believes what she peddles. What is it they say about not believing your own press. I know she has had tremendous support from the right wing over the years. She has benefited mightily from her persona, which she has every right too, but I am not at all saddened to see her leave the airwaves. Of course we have many women drinking the kool-aide to take her place.

anon   August 19th, 2010 10:40 am ET

So in her view, Dr. Laura has freedom of speech rights to say whatever she wants, but no one else has freedom of speech rights to criticize her?

KelliBH   August 19th, 2010 10:49 am ET

Stand firm Dr. L, don't give in to those who would like to silence you. PC is no longer PC, America! Have a Back-bone!

GEORGE   August 19th, 2010 11:14 am ET


Andy   August 19th, 2010 11:48 am ET

Dr. Laura should be strong and not fall prey to another victims' pressure tactics. So she said it, big deal. They say it all the time. Get a grip and stay on air. If every white talk show host will leave after someone little feelings got hurt, there will be obama on each radio station. Shame! We with you Dr. Laura, say on air! or as "they " would say it, you go girl!

Nancy   August 19th, 2010 11:50 am ET

Wish I could have seen this LK episode with L.S. I listened to her for many years and rarely agreed with her but it was kinda fun, for about a year, because when somebody called in, for instance, complaining about cheating boyfriend. Well, you already knew what she was going to say. She gave the anti- premarital sex lecture (even if the caller was 62 yrs. old).
I agree with the people who said she would never stand for someone using the K word to refer to her or her son. The use of the N word was a whole new level of low. I do not feel sorry for her. I never heard heard her stand up for the Dixie Chicks. She is a hypocrite.

barbara purcell   August 19th, 2010 11:57 am ET

The real Dr. Laura stood up and showed its ugly self. Eventually the truth appears no matter how long it takes. Her time has come. Recall the timber of her response. Her blatant use of a word known to be racist over and over and over – on and on even after the caller stated her dislike of that word, what did Dr. Laura do? she repeated the offensive word, again over and over and over – as though rubbing the callers face in a pile of dirt. This was over the top and obviously Dr. L. was out of control.. The issue here is not about her right to say what she chooses – the issue is that who she really is and has always been at last broke through for all to see. So now she will continue her merry way in another venue under the guise of "her rights to speak her mind" without recrimination – Sounds to me like she has not learned anything about herself from this incident. The caller she kept referring to as "hypersensitive" even after the fact, still smacks of her blaming that caller for her behavior and actually ignoring the call for help and the real feelings of the caller. What does "your just too hypersensitive" sound like? this – "get over it – your the problem"

Gerald Jolly   August 19th, 2010 1:32 pm ET

The world and the media will be a better place without her in it.

Steve   August 19th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

A friend of mine spent some time recently with Dr. Laura on a project she had and was taken aback by the extent to which she laid all the blame for all problems they had in completing the project ON EVERYONE ELSE. I wonder if Dr. Laura deep down feels she is exempt from the strident ideas on accountability she doled out daily on the airwaves.

Jasmin   August 19th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

I was wondering why no one addressed the fact that Larry King said that non-n people shouldn't say the n-word. What does non-n mean??????? Who are n-people??????

Dodie   August 19th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Laura Schlessinger continued to over and out talk everyone who has interviewed her. Her loud, obnoxious voice and demeanor is an embarrassment to the female gender. Laura received a phone call on her talk radio from an African American requesting support and understanding. The African American woman was met with bigotry and judgment. This behavior is typical of narcissism to the infinite. I am delighted Laura is leaving.

Kelly   August 19th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Dr, Laura has ALWAYS been a racist. It is about time, past time, for her to leave radio. I have listened to her "dribble" and it is beyond pathetic. Goodbye, you wont be missed!

Barbara Boyer   August 19th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Dr. Laura is right. When I was in school the black kids called each other n_____ all the time but if one of the white kids said it they would get beat up. Double Standard,whos the racist?

Sharlette   August 19th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

She should not retire. She is just telling it like it is. I am black and I was not offended at all. Get over it, it's just a word. She didnot call u one. Get secure in your interracial relationship. Sensitive people cannot handle interracial relationships.

stunnedfromsc   August 19th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Nina says she was hurt and offended by Dr Laura's use of the N-word. I would like to know if she is hurt and offended when she hears a black person use the same slur? Does she laugh when black comedians use the word honky or stereo-type white people? And finally, is she in support of programs for only black people, such as Miss Black America or The United Negro College Fund?

Susan   August 19th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Dr. Laura has a PhD in Physiology; how does her degree qualify her to give personal advice?

LH   August 19th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Personally I have gotten totally sick of the uproar every time a "white person" messes up and says something inappropriate and the whole black community goes on a rampage. It doesn't matter what's said about the white community by black people, but Lord help us if it's reversed. Come on....get over yourselves and stop playing the race card at ANY indication of "inappropriate". We white people can also identify "inappropriate", but it's getting really, really old to watch every black minister, politician, woman, man, group jump on the band wagon and scream "racist", "injustice", "hang-em-high", "fire 'em", "banish 'em", "skin them", "the hell with forgiveness". Come on, I've never been predjudiced-but THIS is starting to really, really irritate me–and a LOT of other non-biased white people.

Rylan   August 19th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

"Jade" (not the callers real name) called Dr. Laura for her opinion. If Jade was "such a fan," than she should already know Dr. Laura's no nonsense/edgy approach to just about everything. Jade's interview of LKL was a JOKE! She was obviously being coached what to say through her ear piece. Grow some skin!

rue   August 19th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Give me a freakin break! Stupid stuff like this is why our country is in the toilet! I think Dr. Laura should be President and Sarah Palin should be her VP and advisor. It is time for the people in this country to stand up and quit putting up with stupid stuff like this. If you don't like this country, get out. No one is making you stay here. Dr. Laura, don't ever back down,keep telling the truth,maybe someday the ignorant people in this country will wise up and this nation bring this country back together. Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave.

Cindy   August 19th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

It's sad how many women are so jealous and judgmental toward women who are much more successful than they are. Dr. Laura said nothing that was racist. She spoke the truth about the use of the "n" word. She did not personally call someone the "n" word. I find it interesting that Jade is distorting the facts.

Joseph Jackson   August 19th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

She blows her own argument out of the water by having this argument. Unless I'm misunderstood she is offended by black people that are offended when called racial slurrs? Does anyone else see the disconnect here? If you use racial slurrs in reference to groups of people to which you don't belong (if you do belong to the group its akin to self loathing or deprecation) why would you be offended if you're called racist? Moreover why should anyone care about your feelings seeing as how you are so obviously care nothing about others. If it barks call it a dog if it quacks call it a duck if it spouts racial slurrs call it racist and be done. Honestly she seems a little hypersensitive if you ask me.

Emily   August 19th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I'm really surprised to read so many comments in support of Laura's behavior. This is not just about the "N" word. It's about how she handled herself in the role of "counselor/advisor". This caller was calm and clear when asked about her question. Laura clearly had some kind of internal reaction, because her response was immediately synical. Her tone of voice changed dramatically with her next question, "Give me two good examples of racist comments, because some people are too sensitive." She continued to steamroll Jade, loudly and arrogantly. Jade could hardly be heard, except at a point that Laura responds to by screeching, "Will you let me finish a sentence?!" Whoa – who's not listening to whom?

Laura, it's not all about you. You may enjoy a political debate, but that's not what you openly offer potential callers. You were there to help someone. And way to undo a tepid apology – suddenly your freedom of speech is being jeopardized? That's what separates the professionals from the sensationalists – the ability and commitment to consistently treat others with respect.

Shawn Patricia   August 19th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

I would like to say that I am so concerned about the racial comments that were made by Dr. Laura, but even more upset about the response that Sara Palin made. My dad is white and my mother is black and I had to deal with the n word as a child, but because I came from a Christian home I got through it. I thought Sara Palin was a Christian also, but now I see that she does not stand up for what is right she stands up for what is white.....

Kathy Longwell, RN   August 20th, 2010 12:22 am ET

Yes, Laura you need to leave all media. Shame on you! As a professional you need to be held to the highest accountability. You should be helping tolerances not adding racist commentary. By taking advantage of your position you have done great disservice to you audience.

manuel   August 20th, 2010 12:34 am ET

It is time to put the pass to rest if it is okay for some one to call each other a name then what is it not okay to call someone that if they use it the word all the time it like others are just looking for someone to say the N word and that it you did now we are all mad at you for saying it but what about when a black person call another black person the N word then it is okay that is bull time to put a end to using the word if blacks do not want to hear it stop using and we have the right to say it just like they do
it is time for everyone to stop using it and lets move on in this world there is so much other things we can us are time on other than this junk

Lisa F.   August 20th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Racial slurs against one another in this Country shows weakness and hatred towards each other as well as much disrepect for ome another, and we wonder why we're being under constant attack by foreigners whether killing us or stealing our jobs, Unfortunitely we Americans have been raised in the incorrect manner, We have too many serious issues in the U.S. to deal with as oppose to insulting "ourselves". (R-E-S-P-E-C-T ~ Find out what it means to me,,,,Aretha Franklin)

Irma   August 20th, 2010 12:41 am ET

How would Dr. Laura feel if similar remarks were made about her ethnic background?

husker55   August 20th, 2010 12:44 am ET

want to end racism then start with the NAACP

pam   August 20th, 2010 1:05 am ET

Dr. Laura is a very blunt and to the point person. Jade called in for advice about her husband's friends comments about black people. If Jade needs to call Dr. Laura, she must be having problems with her white husbands friends. My answer to her would be, she knew when she married out of her race she would face these problems at some point. The n word has been used longer over a 100 years, maybe longer. It's not a nice word to say but I think some people have used it for as long as they have been on this earth. I think it is mainly out of habit not to be hurtful. I have been called a white honkey, peckerwood and white b....,. I could have called these black people racists against me. What is the difference. If a white man or woman marries a black man or woman or vise versa you are asking for a life of troubles for you and your innocent mixed children. You people are adults you have the right to love and marry who you choose but think about the innocent children you bring into this world. thank God we live in a free country for now but how much longer do we have? Don't marry out of your race and these situations you won't have to deal with. Life goes on after we die. Remember what you leave behind will have to deal with the hand you chose,

johnmh222   August 20th, 2010 2:46 am ET

About Dr Laura : partial apology : She said that she should not have said it , but she still thinks that it's okay to say it . Is she giving her own real reasons for saying it ? People can talk about the n-word , without saying it .

Luis B. Rosario   August 20th, 2010 3:37 am ET

Most people responded pro and con but hardly anybody accused
the real culprit : the people who are behind racist rants and racial
debate on TV, radio, newpapers, magazines and the internet
web, even bloggers who gave their opinion about racism
here or other blogs, particulary on the "web" where anonymous
bloggers vent out their hatred, their bias and their bigotry hiding
behind their fictitious initials, or AKAs. Hardly anybody mentioned
the other " big fish," who eat more than " plankton" and who
profit millions of dollars with this type of inflamatory programs
and media shows. They are the owners of the media, the
producers, promoters, and the people, companies and
corporations of America who support with contirbutions
and paid commercials: Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glen
Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O' Reilly, Sheriff Arpaio, of Arizona,
Senator Pearce of Arizona and some black commediians
who perform at famous and notorious media outlets like
the Apollo Theater, Harlem, N.Y. These bigots are the
professors who teach our U.S.A. youth, bigotry, bias, prejudice
and racism, all in the same concoction cooked in a brew
of intrigue and cynism including Jay Leno. They are the
real culprits of our still brewing and ever growing stew
of racist rants and the racial divide that pervades in our
country like a simmering underground volcano ready to
spit out its lava at any given moment. We talk about other
nations having religious sectarian wars and racist persecution
but we have almost the same problem in the U.S.A. We are
just better at camouflaging like the chameleon ever changing
its color according to the situation in a surreptitious and
malicious way to create controverysy with the purpose
of obtaining political power, religious power, or financial gain.
So what are we goons doing by trying to trash Dr
Laura S while the rest of us hide behind a :veil "like (the mask)
worn by the KKK and the Black Panthers of America .
I'm in no way, shape or form," intending to support Dr Laura
S for her abortive racial monologue that she probably blurt
out without consideration trying to keep pace with the recent
trend of racial profanity nurtured, exhibited and practiced by the
other aformentioned racist propangandists who are earning
tons of money in lieu of their stupid charade condoned
by millions of listeners and views of the American media.

" Got a dream, got a song, they come to America" Neil Diamond.

kleek   August 20th, 2010 5:04 am ET

I think that everybody is so focused on the inappropriate (or not) use of a racial slur by Dr. Laura, we may have missed the "real" story.

While I generally agree with the charges leveled against Dr. Laura, the polished eloquence the caller exhibited in her criticism of Dr. Laura on Larry King Live suggests the education and sophistication of someone who would hardly need to seek advice for the stated reasons from Dr. Laura. Does this person look like she would really not know what to say to her husband's friends if she really thought that their questions and comments to her were racist or otherwise inappropriate?

It looked to me like she would know exactly what to say to stop the "black" comments of her husband's friends. She certainly knew exactly what to say to express her disdain for Dr. Laura's comments. Furthermore, she didn't seem too shy to express her views.

Could it be that this woman called into the radio program with the express purpose of goading Dr. Laura into saying something racial that she would regret? Maybe she is part of a larger effort to trap certain talk show hosts into making ill-advised comments on the air. Perhaps, her motive is political. Perhaps, it is simpler than that. Could she just be looking for her "fifteen minutes of fame"?

While I deplore the words used by Dr. Laura to make her point, I think that there might be more to this story than meets the eye. Remember Anita Hill?

sahar   August 20th, 2010 5:49 am ET

Pam, not marrying outside of you race is not the solution. Such ideologies have already tried to be inforced in Nazi Germany and we all know how that panned out. Not enough empathy exists between people. People have a tendency to just reacting but if we all tried to put ourselves into each other shoes and ask more questions, looking for genuine answers instead of just arguing then maybe we'd start understanding and learn something.
I think that's oddly scary for most people of all races.

Chess   August 20th, 2010 6:27 am ET

Dr. Laura has been controversial and mean on the air for years and she was just giving her millions of listeners exactly what they tune in for each week. I am surprised that this lady who was a long time listener was so shocked. Aside from Dr. Laura's predictably outlandish "advice", the whole N word thing is ridiculous. She was quoting the word in a different context, not using it against anyone. She was making a "Dr. Laura point" – which don't usually make any sense anyway – not calling anyone a name. When we give a word so much power that it cant be uttered regardless of context, we have lost touch with the things in life that are worth fighting for. She will be back because too many people live for this stuff.

Kathy from Phoenix   August 20th, 2010 8:27 am ET

We will now have the opportunity to watch Dr. Laura's over-Botoxed upper lip "not" move while she is exercising her 1st amendment rights on TV. I wish she would just remain silent and step away from the public eye (please, as it is hard to look at her morphed appearance) and stop whining in an effort to make herself right and someone else wrong.

Gen. Patton   August 20th, 2010 8:58 am ET

Words from a stranger still offend people? How weak. The concept of being 'offended' in the 1st place, shows me you have entitlement issues because you feel like you 'deserve' to be treated a certain way.

It is impossible to offend me.

Doris   August 20th, 2010 10:44 am ET

This statement is for Jade,the black women with a white husband, I have learned to stand up and let people know when I think that the statement that was made is insenitive. Some people think because you are married to a different race that you don't consider your a member of , or perceive you as black,etc. You need to tell that because you are black, it doesn't you agree with all black people. And your husband needs to grow a backbone and let people know that it offensive to you and he,if they talk that way.

Tee   August 20th, 2010 10:57 am ET

If Dr. Laura was a black person and would have whispered..let alone screamed a racial slur against Jews...Dr. Laura's supports would be singing a different tune. I will bet EVERYTHING I own on THAT!! The folks that don't have an issue with what she said are big&ts yourselves...PERIOD!!

Mikaela   August 20th, 2010 11:35 am ET

It is amazing to me the comments that I read are mostly off target. Dr. Laura wants to talk about Freedom of Speech. Ok WORLD, it is the choice of those black comedians AND their FIRST AMENDMENT right to use the "N" Word if they want. People seem not to understand that it is the CONTEXT of which you use the word, AND how you say the word that can be offensive.

As a DOCTOR, Laura should've been able to hold her personal OPINION until she helped Jade with her problem. The lady only wanted know the best way to handle the situation. Suggesting that she should not have fell in love with a white man to avoid racist jokes does not make the racist jokes ok! This is common sense. People should not live their life in fear because of people like Laura.

NO! it is best that people get over themselves and live their own lives and we wouldn't have unnecessary problems like this in America.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 20th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

Radical racist Schlessinger is leaving radio to become a Fox News obvious..

mary lukes   August 20th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

The many previous comments have said it all-
and given arguments both for and against Dr.Laura.
I often cringed at her insensitivity toward callers, but found
her advice did have merit, and often was well received
the "n"word was said in the early seventies often, and I was
living outside Detroit–once I heard a black woman resp;ond
to it said, even in jest, I knew it never should be said.
At that time other ethnic names were used as well,
but also though in vogue, I taught my children not to use them
and we did not. ie {Mick, Dago and Pollack}
having repeated the word and sounding angry appears more
like a rant, {think the Jet Blue flight attendant} who had enough,
I think that Dr. Laura has had enoug She has made a good decision, and her life will go on {though not as a "folk hero"–

mary lukes   August 20th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

The many previous comments have said it all-
and given arguments both for and against Dr.Laura.
I often cringed at her insensitivity toward callers, but found
her advice did have merit, and often was well received
the "n"word was said in the early seventies often, and I was
living outside Detroit–once I heard a black woman respond
to it said, even in jest, I knew it never should be said.
At that time other ethnic names were used as well,
but also though in vogue, I taught my children not to use them
and we did not. ie {Mick, Dago and Pollack}
having repeated the word and sounding angry appears more
like a rant, {think the Jet Blue flight attendant} who had enough,
I think that Dr. Laura has had enough She has made a good decision, and her life will go on {though not as a "folk hero"–

dottie   August 20th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

Dr Laura were out of line using the N........word at least 11 times.that
is racist with a Capital R...............................................
from listening to the tape on video, my understanding is that ,she didn't answer the caller question at all
she were so hung up on President Obama being the lst black
President,until she blured out it's black thing.what's in God name
does she think she knows about a black things,ours language and
cultures, nothing,anyone that used the N...word whether it's black
person or white person and other races l think is ignorant. that
word has bad & cruel history,it's a highly offensive term for black's and african
american people. l think that one should Educated themselves.
on that partiular word, from the research l read, l learned that
the N...word came from,,the river niger,as the slaved were
brought across the niger river,to the united stated.,and the southern
white adopted that word to their they became their master.
l say to Dr.Laura, not only do we hear that word from hiphop and
rap singer & comedian, it's mention in any old 30's 70's southern movies, it's blured out over and over by the white man ,whether he 's master or........................................................................................................
just hometown sheriff in the movies.the white man play's his part very
good. the 'n' word is like bad disease ,it's eat away at flesh.

Kizito   August 21st, 2010 10:17 am ET

Anywhere in the the world, every race has a deragotory term dumped on it. You should just keep away from using such terminology. In a similar way, a fat person could make fun of another fat person, but if you are not fat, you don't want to make fun of a fat person because that is just MEAN. It is Okay to say someone is tall, but it is mean to say another is short. That is how human psychology works. .. Dr. Laura should have known better; The N-word, with its negative connotation is not particularly an apt word she should have used.

Wife and Mother   August 21st, 2010 1:36 pm ET

I am behind Dr. Laura. If you listened to the whole phone call, she wasn't using the N word but referring to it use. While I hate the N word and have never used it in my 38 years, I was raised by a family that did. I do not agree with any racism against color, religion or sexual orientation. I think it is a shame that the radio station did not stand behind her and that she backed down and quit her job. I would have stood my ground!

TJ   August 21st, 2010 7:41 pm ET

@ Pam

I am a Black man who has been married to a white woman for 17 years. We have a daughter who is 21 years old. My wife and I both work make decent money, two cars, nice apartment, vacation house, my wife has a horse. My Daughter has her own apartment, has a good job, her own auto, also hasa horse and has been in a committed relationship for the past three years to a very nice young man. So I dont understand how interracial marriages and/or interracial children have nothing to look forward to but problems.

maly   September 6th, 2010 6:30 am ET

YOU GO GIRL! nothing wrong with freedom of speech...everyone is always offended by some stupid words. I know for sure they are hypocrite themselves, judging Dr. Laura for her 2 cents. I never see any black leaders or their community helping other minorities. All they do is help their own black people so who is the racism segregated one here? BLACK PEOPLE ARE HYPOCRITE...THEY LIKE TO BLAME ON OTHERS DUE TO THEIR COLOR SKINS JUST TO MAKE US FEEL PITY. THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY COLOR SKIN HERE IN THIS WORLD OKAY.

Jason   October 4th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Dr. Laura – Way to go! You have been a great help to thousands of people across the country. I am sad to see you leave the air.

Being a white guy I found it very interesting when I was playing basketball in college. My fellow black teammates used the untouchable "N" word not only to describe each other but also to degrade myself and other white players. I became upset at one of my black teammates one night and called him the "N" word back and whoa, I created a firestorm. It is very hypocritical in my opinion for all of these groups to be so upset. Once again "Way to go Dr. Laura for sharing your true thoughts." If someone doesn't accept your apology then "Oh Well"

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Saving a heart a day is the goal! Learn more about the Foundation and it's efforts to help the uninsured

Visit the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.

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