Dr. Laura Schlessinger is not a racist, claims a prominent African American business executive who is her personal friend.
Speaking to San Francisco Chronicle blogger Zennie 62, Mike Paul — President and Senior Counselor of the public relations firm MGP & Associates (New York, New York) — declared, “Dr Laura is not, has not been, and will never be a racist.”
MGP & Associates has done work for Dr. Laura in the past, but she is not currently a client. However, she and Mike Paul are friends. The radio commentator, a professional psychologist, helped Paul get through a tough divorce.
Zennie 62 also believes Schlessinger is not a racist, despite using the “N-word” on her show. She only did it to illustrate the point about how African Americans use the term in order to counter what she claims was the “hypersensitivity” of an African American caller on the subject o race.
Dr. Laura not only has never used the N-word before, and she does not denigrate blacks, Zennie 62 pointed out.
Dr. Laura has publicly apologized for speaking the way she did over the radio, when she was trying to help an African American woman married to a white man who encountered hostility from his family members and white friend who visited them. The woman was upset that her husband did nothing in the face of such hostility, which she claimed was racist.
“Give me an example of a racist comment as some people are hypersensitive.”
When the caller, Jade, she tired to explain herself, Schlessinger told her she was hypersensitive. When Jade countered by asking Dr. Laura about the use of the n-word that had been used in her presence, she replied, “Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and you hear a black comic: ‘ N—-r, n—-r, n—-r.'”
Some African American commentators, by no means conservative, have agreed with Dr. Schlessinger, considering her point to be one of disgust with the casual use of the N-word by African American entertainers. Still, the attempted defanging of the N-word — one used defiantly and ironically by the black activist comedian Dick Gregory as the title of his autobiography — by African Americans generally is seen as not having given a license to whites to use the term.
Dr. Laura had a commercial break, and when she came back, Jade took umbrage at her use of the N-word.
“I can’t believe someone like you on the radio is spewing the n—– word.”
Schlessinger did not like the characterization using the verb “sprewing” as that’s not what she was doing, she said, just illustrating that African Americans used the N-word quite often.
Dr. Laura said, “I think you have too much sensitivity and not enough sense of humor.” She pointed out that she was trying to highlight the fact that African Americans used the N-word.
When Jade said that blacks could use the word, but not whites, Schlessinger became agitated and would not accept such politically correct censorship.
Don’t NAACP Me
When the caller tried to fight back, Schlessinger countered, “Don’t NAACP me,” a remark seemingly out of the Tea Party’s bag of tricks. There was a conservative political connotation to Dr. Laura’s remark that her black caller should not try to accuse her of racism as a white person using the N-word.
Schlessinger continued to talk over Jade, then cut her off. Her verdict to Jade was, “If you’re that hyper-sensitive don’t marry out of your race.”
Accusing the caller of “black think,” she also blamed black activists for the situation in which she couldn’t use the N-word in what she considered a neutral, clinical way and for the misunderstanding that wrecked her conversation with Jade.
Dr. Laura lamented that she didn’t think that with the election of the African American Barack Obama as President that the African American demonization of whites would increase as it has. Jade had pointed out that whites were afraid of a black President, am opinion Dr. Laura poo-pooed as it was whites who elected him President, not blacks.
(She also pointed out earlier in the conversation that the monolithic African American vote for Obama was a “back thing” akin, akin to their penchant for playing basketball. She also made a crack that when she was involved in a basketball game, she asked her African American bodyguard — whom she claimed to be a “dear friend” — to be on her team. “Is that racist?” a defiant Dr. Laura asked her caller. She mentioned the old slogan “White men can’t jump!”)
Dr. Laura Schlessinger said it was a sad situation, but was understandable as it was about African American activists trying to obtain more power. She then made a plea for righteousness — doing the right thing — to prevail in the social and political arena.
Listening to a tape of the exchange, I personally wouldn’t consider Dr. Laura a racist but she is rather insensitive, full of herself and lacking a sense of awareness.
San Francisco Chronicle, “Dr Laura N-word: Mike Paul says Dr. Laura not racist”
Media Matters; Jeremy Holden; “FULL AUDIO: Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s N-word rant”