August 19th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Caller says she was hurt by Dr. Laura's use of the n-word

CNN Wire Staff

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The African American woman who called Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice and heard the radio talk show host use the n-word 11 times said Thursday that she was confused and hurt by the call.

"I was calling her to get some help," Nita Hanson told CNN's "American Morning." "I did not expect to hear the things that she said to me."

Hanson called Schlessinger August 11, seeking advice on how to deal with racist comments from her white husband's friends and relatives. The conversation evolved into a discussion on whether it's appropriate to ever use the n-word, with Schlessinger arguing it's used on HBO and by black comedians.

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  1. Ellie

    I as well am in a interracial marriage. I am white and my husband is mexican, we get the S word a lot. We can not even go to dinner without people staring at us or whispering to the person they are with. Racist remarks hurt. Dr Laura should not be given the opportunity to go off the air, she should be band from any talk shows. Racism just does not happen in America, it happens in Canada to.

    Sarnia, Ontario Canada

    August 20, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  2. Ellie

    I as well am in an interracial marriage and I get the S word all the time. I am white and my husband is mexican. We can not even go for dinner without people staring out us. People do not realize, or just do not care how racial remarks and stares hurt. Dr. Laura was dead wrong and should have a choice on not going on the air, she should be band from ever doing talk shows again.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  3. Ted D

    "Jade" and others refuse to see their utter hypocrisy on this issue of racial sensitivity. Just one of the most egregious examples: Jade says, "...white people are afraid that black people will take over the country," then follows it shortly with "we need to stop stereotyping people (meaning herself and those like her, of course, not in reference to her own stereotypical comments)." Is this "taking responsibility for (one's) actions?"

    Until we are willing to admit that we are all the same species, and therefore share common goals, race will always be an "us vs. them" issue.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:52 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    I have two comments on this:-
    a) Six of the "N" word usages came in the context of hearing the "N" word as part of what is used on HBO every day. This is a contextual observation and fact by Dr. Laura.
    b) Dr. Laura is an on air Psychologist and as the lady herself said its not the first time she has sought advice.
    Listening to both sides, the caller is hypersensitive ( does not on calls use her own name ) as Dr. Laura indicates.
    Dr Laura's mistake was puhing back so hard with the "N" word to a hypersensitive lady. But like all Media needs drama to attract listeners; very sad.
    This is another storm in a teacup and does not deserve the air time it gets.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  5. alani

    Dr. Laura cares for know one except herself, and should have been retired long ago. She has a loyal following of people who are just as outdated and misguided as she is. When does she listen to Rappers and Black Comedians? She inferred that we, as African Americans should stop being so sensitive about race. Do you think so Dr. Laura? It is people like you who let us know, we must never forget.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  6. Michael Armstrong

    Dr.Laura still doesn't get ! she's sorry she got caugth so she'll move to
    a place where she can make her raceist rands and not have answer to anyone.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm |