Dr. Laura’s Ph.D is in Wt.F

Seriously. Here’s the full transcript of her rant on race relations in response to a black caller who felt that her white husband’s friends and family were making her uncomfortable with their insensitive comments on race.

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 nigger, nigger, nigger.

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.

That’s only part of her rant. The interesting part to me is she doesn’t even attempt to deal with the caller’s question which really deals with basic marital communications but instead uses it as a platform to launch into a frothy diatribe on race that has been apparently on her mind for some time.

And as a white man married to a black woman, I disagree with Dr. Laura saying that what the neighbor said isn’t racist. Asking a black person “…how do you black people like doing this?” is a red flag that they are not seeing an individual but only a skin color and is the building block on what all racism rests upon. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with a person like that in our house. But I guess it’s ok if your bodyguard is black…


  1. The interesting part to me is she doesn’t even attempt to deal with the caller’s question
    Is this the first time you’ve heard Dr. Laura? I’m pretty sure that’s her formula.

    Her and Beck and Limbaugh are all the same species of narcissist. Even trying to parse the content or evaluate the sincerity of what they say is getting off track, because they aren’t in the business of delivering those things. They are pure media creatures who live only to perpetuate themselves within their chosen format.

  2. “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.”

    On the other side of this, I would say that a lot of whites voted for Mccain/Palin because they WERENT black…. it was a bigot thing. You gotta know that. Thats not a surprise.

  3. Dr. Laura wrote a book, Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives. Guess she’ll have to update that to “Eleven Stupid Things” which will include, Being An Asshole Instead of Offering Help To A Caller While On the Air and So Ending My Career.

  4. Obviously, Dr. Laura is wearing her ass for a hat. She sounds like someone that has only seen Black people on TV and has no clue about racial differences or more importantly, similarities. As said above, she just uses her public outlet to air her own opinions, evidenced by the way she didn’t answer this caller’s question.

    I wonder how tactful the neighbor was that offended the caller. I’m not defending him, I just wonder if he was just interested in – or at least curious about – the differences between Black and Caucasian cultures and didn’t precede it with something like, “Let me know if I offend you by asking this, but…”, or if he even cared if it offended her.

    Of course it depends on what things he asked about (she started to mention racial stereotypes) and it sounds like that’s all this guy would ever say. I wish Dr. Laura would have shut up long enough to get the full story.

    From an outsider’s view, it seems that the Black community is very proud of their heritage and traditions and are happy to share that information with someone that asks. At least the Black people I know are whenever the subject comes up.

  5. I don’t think Dr. Laura was being racist on air….just wondering why black people won’t let her be racist. (Those uppity black people!) But don’t worry, some of her best friends (and bodyguards) are black people!

    Maybe she’ll claim her comments were taken out of context, but in context isn’t helping her any. The idea that black people only voted for Obama because he’s black — lots of white people, me included, did too — or that the n-word (apologies to Louis CK) has even remotely the same meaning when used by a white person…

    WTF indeed.

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