The History Of White Celebrities Using The "N" Word

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Date: Aug. 10, 2010

Radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger sparked public vitriol when she used the "N" word during a heated discussion with a caller by the name of "Jade."

Jade lamented over the fact that her husband, friends, and neighbor occasionally used the racially offensive word. Dr. Laura argued in defense of the caller's neighbor, declaring that his actions couldn't be racist, especially considering that we currently have a black president. Schlessinger also alleged that "hypersensitivity... is being bred by black activists," and used the "N" word several times during the course of her conversation with the caller to illustrate her point.

At one point, Schlessinger used the word three times in a single sentence: "Guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic, and all you hear is n****, n*****, n*****. 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."

Amidst controversy and criticism, Schlessinger apologized on her show the following day. "Yesterday, I did the wrong thing," she said. "I didn't intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done. I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the 'N' word all the way out, more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again: That was wrong."

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