Dr. LauraSchlessinger, a well-known radio show host was trounced for giving, first of all, her opinion. Which last I checked, just happens to be covered by The United States First Amendment. Secondly, if you call into a radio show for advice and you are familiar with a person’s response, you should maybe prepare yourself to be a little thicker skinned. Don’t describe a person’s words as a “RANT” if they aren’t actually “RANTING”.
I have heard far worse from Dr. Laura and there have been notable times that I’ve felt that she had lashed (I use that term lightly) into one of her callers. Although I may not have agreed with her tone, I certainly agreed with the meat of what she was saying: “Don’t call in and beat around the bush. If what you called in for was baby talk or someone to stroke your ego, then “caller” hang up. Be an adult and get down to the business of solving the problem.”
I am certainly “no doctor” and I have not walked in this woman’s well-traveled shoes, nor have I spent any time with her in personal life but I am pretty positive that she is nowhere “near” being a racist. It is terribly unfair to label someone as a pariah when they have not given any evidence to that effect. I have heard the so-called “rant” of Schlessinger and for the life of me; I cannot see where the woman made an error.
People do in fact banter around the “n” word on a daily basis, both behind closed doors and with family or friends. Heck, I am quite sure that I have used the term within the last week. Does that mean that I am a racist? I think not! My mother did not teach me to be a racist but if I needed to use the term to define a thought, then I would try to use it with tact, when it was needed. And don’t think that if you don’t HEAR the words coming from a person’s mouth, that they are not thinking it. Silence doesn’t mean that the belief does not reside in their mind or in their hearts, racism is shown in a man’s actions.
Let’s face it, the “n” word is a hot button issue and always will be, so why don’t we show our concern where it should be shown:
1: Don’t label someone as a “n” if you don’t know them.
2: Realize that “anyone” of “any color” can be the “n” word.
And how about the fact that there are far worse insensitive remarks or thoughts or actions; ones that cause a greater damage to the human spirit than calling someone a “n*gger”.
We don’t really have time to spend lying on this woman or on spinning her words to make up some super salacious news story. She never “called” anyone a n*gger, have we become so hyper sensitive in this world that even “an explanation” of the word’s usage elicits a back lash against you. If Hitler’s Youth, the KKK, or Skinheads made their only chosen method of attack, “name calling”, wouldn’t that be considered pretty darn tame when it came to insidious acts that can be inflicted on other humans.
Is this “really” an issue that requires any action to be taken? What a way to squander our brainpower. There is so much left to be done on issues like: Saving Babies, Curing Cancer, Cleaning up the Gulf, Raising our Children to be Responsible Members of Society, Creating Jobs and Turning Around our Suffering Economy.
As a final note: Isn’t it time for Al Sharpton to actually attack something that matters! Shouldn’t he be more concerned about education and bringing us closer together racially or is the only thing that he focuses his attentions on merely matters of silly playground games. If you are going to defend someone, please get your priorities straight….
…..and that is how you “RANT”…..
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