An offensive contribution to the discussion on race

AN OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE DISCUSSION ON RACE…. Remember Dr. Laura Schlessinger? Apparently, she still has a radio show, and for reasons I can’t understand, there are still people who call her, seeking guidance and advice.

This week, a woman called Schlessinger’s show with an upsetting problem. The caller is in an inter-racial marriage — she’s black, her husband is white — and is offended when her husband’s friends and family members make racist remarks. Schlessinger was unimpressed and blamed the woman, telling the caller that she’s “hypersensitive” — a problem “bred by black activists” — and needs a better sense of humor. To prove the point, Schlessinger kept repeating the N-word, because “black guys say it all the time.”

Schlessinger’s website features a recording of her daily program, but in this case, the show edited out this entire exchange. Media Matters, however, has the full recording and transcript.

The host appears to realize she’s made a terrible mistake.

Talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has issued an apology for saying the N-word several times in an on-air conversation with a caller that she said was “hypersensitive” to racism.

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.

“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. “And that was wrong. I’ll say it again — that was wrong.”

That’s fine, I suppose, but whether Schlessinger realizes it or not, there are some remarks one can’t take back. Her racist tirade was so over the top, so devoid of decency, a simple acknowledgement of wrongdoing seems wholly inadequate.

It’s often hard to predict what constitutes a career-killing moment on talk radio, but I have a hard time imagining sponsors sticking with this show in the future.