From Black Voices —I’m starting to believe there is a condition called the “N-word Meltdown,” where White folks just go crazy and start repeating it over and over for no reason.

Well-known,conservative talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger (pictured) went all Michael Richards on a caller who reached out to the psychiatrist for information regarding her interracial marriage.

The caller wanted the good doctor’s advice on how to handle the situation where she felt her husband’s friends were making racist comments about her.

During the exchange on Tuesday’s show, Schlessinger said the woman who called herself “Jade” was too sensitive for complaining that her husband’s friends made racist comments about her in their home.

When the woman asked if the N-word was offensive, Dr. Laura said, “Black guys say it all the time,” then went on to repeat it several times.

“I articulated the N-word all the way out—more than one time,” Schlessinger said in comments from the opening of her radio show that she posted on her site.

Translation: she put the dreaded “-er” on the end instead of the “-ga.”

When will White people just accept the fact that Black folks can use the N-word, but they cannot.  Why is this such a complicated life-rule for them?

It’s actually quite simple.  Jews can say things about other Jews that non-Jews can’t say.  Gays can say things about gays that straights can’t say.  Latinos can say things about Latinos that non-Latinos can’t say.  I had an Asian friend who referred to new Asian immigrants as FOBs (Fresh Off the Boats).  But she probably would have kicked my ass if I had referred to them that way.  And I respect that.  You can talk about your own mama, but no one else can.  It’s really easy, White people.

Schlessinger said on her website Wednesday that she was wrong in using the word for what she called an attempt to make a philosophical point.

Why are White folks so intent on rationalizing their use of the word?  You can’t use it period.  Get over it.

When the caller objected, Schlessinger replied:

“Oh, then I guess you don’t watch HBO or listen to any Black comedians.”  I don’t know what Black comedians Dr. Laura listens to but I can’t remember any using “nigger” in their acts.  Moreover, a woman should tolerate a bunch of people in her house using the N-word in a way she finds offensive because they do it on Def Comedy Jam?

Look, White folks, I’ll break it down for you: Black folks don’t call each other “nigger,” we say “nigga.”  And whether you accept it or not, there is a huge distinction.

As an African-American woman, I can’t ever remember using “nigger” in my life in referring to another Black person.  Though, on a bad day at my DMV, I may say “nigga” in my head several times.

(Continue Reading @ Black Voices…)

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  • DONNA F

    WHATS THE DEAL – DR LAURA WAS JUST GIVING EXAMPLES OFTHE USE OF THE WORD – IF A BLACK RADIO HOST SAID THE SAME THING NOTHING WOULD BE SAID – “IF” WE AS A CULTURE DID NOT HERE ALL IT THE TIME (WORK-SHOPPING-OUTTING) IT WOULDN’T BE IN OUR VOCABULARY EITHER – I HAVE HAD BLACK PEOPLE CALL ME A NI–ER – SO WHAT – AND WHY IF SOMEONE ELSE SAYS IT ARE THEY RACIST

  • Nigga, or Nega (which is really being said if one is conscious of their past and history of word play) means king, Nigger is a slur. I wasn’t bothered by this until I heard the interview. How pompous and rude. “the attempt to demonize whites”?

    I can’t even take her seriously.

  • Yes, that is the “rule,” but it is stupid. We should limited what people can or cannot say. That pushes us apart not together. How about we also just keep in mind what is appropriate for the conversation and for the person you are talking about. I think Dr. Laura was totally clueless, used that poor woman who called in for help for her own conservative agenda, but narrowing one vocabulary by race is not the solution either.

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