Dr Laura and the double standards on the use of the N word.
I heard about the story this morning that Dr. Laura used the word nigger on her show, and I heard about it again tonight on the nightly news. The media senses blood since Dr. Laura is a white conservative female. Dr. Laura later went on to apologize, for why I have no idea. I guess the forces of political correctness was knocking on her door after her broadcast ended the other day.
My first thoughts were this. Did Dr. Laura call a black caller a "nigger" or was she just saying the word to make a point about something. If it was the later rather then the first, I could care less that Dr Laura used it. Well I finally got around to listening to the the exchange that lead up to the word being used. It started when a black woman who is married to a white guy called her show, and she complained that her husband's family weren't sensitive to her being black. She was also upset that her husband doesn't try to correct them. After listening to the lady, I came to the conclusion that she was the problem not Dr. Laura. Dr. Laura made a reference that black people use the word nigger, and there are no consequences for their use of the word, which is accurate.
The black female caller took exception that Dr. Laura used the word at all. Dr. Laura wasn't about to submit to political correctness, so she reinforced and double downed on her previous comment about how blacks use the word and nothing comes from it. Dr. Laura made an interesting point that completely went over the head of the black lady caller. If she can't handle being in an interracial marriage, she shouldn't have married outside her race. I have three close friends who are white.. We talk about anything and everything including race when it becomes a story. Talking about race doesn't bother me, because I am not oversensitive about it. My friends know how I am, so they are open about it. The caller on the other hand was trying to place her racial insecurity onto Dr. Laura, and Dr. Laura wasn't going to accept it. If a white person uses the word nigger, I am not going to curl up in the fiddle position in the middle of the floor and wet my pants, especially when the word isn't targeted at me or used in a racist manner. The black female caller proved that there is a double standard when it comes to the use of the word. If we truly want to embrace equality, then a word should be wrong to use "REGARDLESS OF THE PERSON OF THE RACE USING IT". When rappers use the word nigger, do blacks get offended? The answer is obvious. They can't be but so offended, when they are blasting the word being used through the speakers of their cars. Here is an example of what I mean. This is a rap "song" by the rapper NAS entitled NIGGER.
I guess the moral of this story is simple. Blacks or any other ethnicity who are oversensitive about the issue of race SHOULD NOT MARRY SOMEONE OF A DIFFERENT RACE. Dr. Laura was absolutely right. I feel sorry for the caller's husband. Also, so where does the double standard ends? If the late comedian Richard Pryor "who was black" was still alive and doing stand up comedy, would he have to apologize for his famous "super nigger" skit?