Friday, August 13, 2010


People have just lost their minds. The NY Daily News reports:

Radio host, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, has issued an apology for repeatedly using the N-word several times during an on-air conversation with a caller that she said was being "hypersensitive" to racism.

In an apology issued on her website, Schlessinger said she was trying to make a philosophical point, but was wrong and soon after the talk realized she had made a "horrible mistake."

"I am very sorry. And it won't happen again," she said.

During Tuesday's conversation, Jade — an African-American woman with a white husband — called in to ask for help because her spouse's friends made racist comments about her in their home. Schlessinger said Jade was being too sensitive.

When Jade asked if the N-word was offensive, Schlessinger said "black guys say it all the time," then went on to repeat the word several times. She then said she hears the word a lot and that people shouldn't automatically be offended.

"I guess you don't watch HBO or listen to any black comedians," the doctor said when Jade objected. Schlessinger also said if the caller did not have a sense of humor about race she shouldn't be in an interracial marriage.

Critics are outraged. On Thursday, the Rev. Al Sharpton called the incident "despicable" on CNN.

GV Says: It blows my mind everyday how insensitive some Caucasians can be to minorities. It's so easy to cry hypersensitivity when you're in the majority and you're not faced with snide remarks from co-workers, department store clerks following you, restaurant hosts accidentally skipping over you. When you haven't had to deal with a lifetime of small slights that eventually add up to something sizable it's so easy to say someone is being hypersensitive.

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