Dr. Laura Schlesinger’s Nigger Rant (Transcript)

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 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 nig*er, nig*er, nig*er.

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.

After taking a commercial break, Schlessinger resumed her discussion with the caller:

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 [unintelligible] –

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, because 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 [unintelligible]

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 “nig*er”?

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’s — 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 “nig*er” word, and I hope everybody heard it.

SCHLESSINGER: I didn’t spew out the “nig*er” word.

CALLER: You said, “Nig*er, nig*er, nig*er.”

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: — nig*er, nig*er, nig*er is what you hear on HB –

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 distressting [sic] 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 “nigger, nigger, nigger.” 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 — 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 or righteousness to do good — that should be the greatest power.

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    • jon
    • August 14th, 2010

    If Chris Rock had read this script it would be the funniest skit ever. In Fact, Chris do this skit! And sadly, the caller would laugh. That makes her the racist. Personally I cant stand Dr. Idiot. But she is right. I hope the caller broke off her doomed relationship she hasn’t got the “skin” to tough it out. As a White Gay Man dating a Black Gay man, we get a laugh over peoples’ line of sensitivity. The jokes on them, not us. Don’t be the victim GIRL!

    • Tonja
    • August 14th, 2010

    Dr. Laura is right, black folk use nigga all the time. All you hear from these wanna be rappers that sale cd out their cars is nigga this, nigga that, and we support this. Take your ass to the other side of town where blacks stay, you hear nigga all day. there is no reason to get angry with the Dr. She’s only repeating what she hear black folk saying all the time.

    • Nancy
    • August 17th, 2010

    I wondered where the word came from, and found this:

    “Never forget that the word “Nigger” came from the Khemit/Egyptian term for ‘GOD’ and that the word is ‘N-G’R’ or ‘NET-GER’. – Bro. Alim Bey

    “NGA” is original name for Queen. ‘Niger’ means King in Ibo and Niger-IA means Queen. Those countries were the lands of kings and queens – Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization

    “The root word NGR existed in ancient Egyptian Sacred writings and hieroglyphs…and has divine origin and meaning.” – Ernie A. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics and Doctor of Internal Medicine

    N-ger-s refers to …The Goddess Neggur (Hathor) who is one of the oldest female deities of ancient Kemit (Egypt) who was worshipped thousands of years before Genesis and the Bible existed. – Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, (1857-1934), Egyptologist

    “Nugarmatta: Term used by Africans of the Ghana Empire to call themselves” -writings of Ibn Buttata in National Geographic Magazine

    “Remember to know a thing or a person’s real name is to know its power. To pronounce it correctly is to free its energy. To deny your real name is to deny your power and energy.” – Anonymous

    “In conclusion it is time that Negroes, pan-negroes (pan-africans, melanesian negroids, indo-negroids) and blacks worldwide know that the so-called negro is of the godhead and should start believing it, having self-confidence, belief in self and in their ability.” -Bro. Alim Bey

    ***

    I’ve always felt it was weird and insulting to blacks to make statements about how awful the “n” word was.

    • Eric Haggard
    • August 18th, 2010

    This blog is always in the top 10 search. Thanks for all the info you provide.

    • jimmyjack
    • August 18th, 2010

    of course language only has meaning in context, she’s not wrong about that (she doesn’t explain it very well, but she’s not wrong), BUT ‘Dr’ Laura seems like she’s taking a position and not trying to help this woman. even if her husband’s friend isn’t being malicious, he’s being ignorant, and telling this woman she needs a sense of humor is just as ignorant. also, assuming that just because we have a black president racism will disappear is what’s hilarious. laura has no understanding of class disparity. obviously i can’t interpret her tone without listening to this, but it definitely seems incredibly condescending as well, especially around the word being restricted to a race part.

    • Anonymous
    • August 18th, 2010

    GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE DRIED UP BIGOTED OLD PRUNE.

    • Sumar
    • August 18th, 2010

    Being afraid of a word is ridiculous. No word should be restricted to a single race or creed.

    • Jain D’Vine
    • August 18th, 2010

    You’ve got to be kidding me. “Dr.” Laura is “confused” about the etiquette of using the “N-Word”? She’s not confused. I’d bet all her income and her retirement and the EXTENSION of her contract that she would have TOTAL Clarity on whether or not the use of the “N-Word” would be appropriate at any public place in West Oakland, East Oakland, Detroit, Harlem, Western Edition in San Francisco, Watts, Compton, etc., I’d bet she’d have an Ephipany as to whether or not it was appropriate..or at Howard Univ, Spellman, Moorehouse, Fisk, Clark-Atlanta, the Oval Office….oh, she knows. Freedom of speech? get real.

    • DB
    • August 19th, 2010

    The reaction to this episode just seems to prove her point: Non-blacks aren’t allowed to use “that word” even when quoting blacks, which is all she did. Good grief.

  1. Dr Laura’s comments, taken word by word, are not right or wrong, but inocuous. And because she is a Jew, she may have felt that she was one downtrodden minority speaking to another, and so felt some freedom to chide the black woman, as though they were both equals in oppression. The Black woman didn’t see it that way, however. But – so far, so good. The only mistake Dr Laura made, and sadly, it’s a rather large one, was assuming that she was speaking to someone who has dealt with her demons in the same way that Laura herself has. For some reason, she missed out on the real PAIN that this black woman is STILL lIVING. She wasn’t ready for the point Dr Laura was trying to make, anymore than a plane crash victom is ready for a tonsilectomy. They need to heal first, before you go in and do more cutting. For whatever reason, and for this particular woman, at this time, the good doctor, normally right on the money, missed this one cue, didn’t catch this deep wound, and all hell breaks loose. It was the wrong time for tough love. Hey, guess what? the Doc is human, and imperfect, just like all of us, Black, White, Red, and Yellow. She just made her mistake in a very public way. Let’s see how long you or I can go with the public watching without messing up. I still support her, regardless of what she does.

    • skinner city cyclist
    • August 24th, 2010

    Nancy, I am afraid you are misinformed or lied to by your sources. Open any dictionary of American English and you will find that “nigger” is derived from the Latin for black, probably through French or Spanish, take your pick. Never wondered why the Spanish word for “black” is “negro/a)? Never read a book? So sorry.

    • skinner city cyclist
    • August 24th, 2010

    DB, that is not ALL she did. She minimized the racism exhibited by this woman’s husband’s freinds and relatives and accused her of being “oversensitive.” She then went on to resurrect the old canard of “why can’t white people use the word ‘nigger?'” Really? She really does not understand?

    (So-called) Dr Laura never actually addressed the woman’s specific example she asked the caller to provide. Asking questions like “Do black people really (eat watermelon/fried chicken/chitlins), (jump better than white people), (etc.)” IS insensitive and racist, though the people who perpetrate it may not be overtly racist but are just dumb, don’t read or get out much, etc. I would use kindness and persuasion on such folk until such time as their stubborn idiocy leads me to consider them incurable and move on. And now we can do that with (non-) Dr Laura (recquiescat in infernum)

  2. Pretty unbelievable to me. It’s not even just that you can tell she enjoyed saying it, but she was looking for the opportunity. I get annoyed when people ask me to speak for Jews everywhere, I’m not the effing authority, don’t even know the holidays. And yeah it’s a little racist. Is that hypersensitive? I don’t know. But I do know this girl didn’t even get a chance to finish her story before some old bag was all over her about how white people should be able to drop N bombs. I guess you all should be able to call me a Kike too.

    • narutolost
    • August 28th, 2010

    Never cared for the Doctor. I think as soon as she heard that another black woman was going to go on about how she was discriminated against, she just got fed up with it and went into her diatribe. In this case I would have liked to have heard more of the woman’s story, and I’m especially miffled that Dr. Chillingworth would tell the woman “if you dont have a sense of human, do not to marry outside of her own race.” Is it wrong to want your husband to treat you like an equal, and protect you when others insult you (intentionally or unintentionally?)

    That said, the black woman should have told those people what they were saying was bothering her, and it would all be taken care of. She’s hypersensitive yeah, but anyone would get miffled. I get miffled in Japan when everyone asks me if I can use chopsticks, so I can relate to this condensending feeling when you’re asked, “Do all people really…” I perosnally wouldnt even make those “White men can’t jump” jokes, unless I was very close to the person and knew they wouldnt or shouldnt take offense.

    • T.rex
    • September 1st, 2010

    wow… i was prepared to give Dr. Laura the benefit of the doubt, but she really came off horribly here.

    Even without the n-word, everything else she said was also racist… How on earth is the color of the President’s skin color relevant to what this caller’s issue was about? Is she implying that the caller should be appeased on all race issues simply because a half-black man was elected President?

    Then, Laura says “oh other blacks think its ok to say”…. Take ownership yourself, lady… YOU said it…

    Is it really that hard to grasp the fact that a word coming from one group of people can have one connotation, but coming from another group of people can be construed as a vastly different connotation?

    Some people murder people… I don’t use that as my excuse to say, “oh, others murder… I’m confused. I guess that means i’m allowed to murder, too”.

  3. Thanks because of this! I’ve been searching all above the web for that facts.

    • StopPverty
    • November 3rd, 2010

    wow this murder issue seems way off the beaten path.

    haven’t u gotten the latest news on murder and other crimes, especially petty crimes, like hit and run infractions. Defense-“I’m sorry. I just made a mistake”. It worked for a white woman, but if it was a N**** , probably not. Go figure.

    On that point, I offer the following political imput.
    I keep thinking about the obama plan to spread the wealth. What is his plan to spread the work to those on public aid? Free TV’s and new Cell Phones? Health Care Reform is one of his plans to spread the wealth. Will he place a limit on government costs of producing crack babies and fetal alcohol syndrome babies. will he continue to increase payments to support illegitimate babies for public aid mommies. What comment do right to life advocates have on these issues? What is the incentive to stop public aid mommies from having more public aid babies?

  4. Many thanks for the comment. Happy 2011!

  5. you’ve gotten a fantastic blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

  6. Wonderful post – I was thinking about a similar article which I will probably still write, but from a slightly different angle. Thanks for sharing this with your readers…Obviously a lot of others appreciate it too!

  7. First off let me say I have been a longtime fan, but this is my first comment. I thought I should probably say thanks for posting this piece (and all your others), and I’ll be back!

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    • In Delreal
    • January 27th, 2011

    Bookmarked to study later today, Thx! ;-)

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