History repeats itself. Immediately after the election of 2008 Fox News reported that Sarah Palin was a “Hail Mary” pick by the McCain campaign. Fox specifically mentioned her lack of “knowledgability” including the fact that she didn’t know that Africa was a continent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWZHTJsR4Bc . However Palin accepted a job with Fox “News”. When Glenn Beck interviewed Palin and asked her who her favorite founding fathers were, and Palin said “all of them”, Beck knew how clueless she was. He said “Bullcrap” in response to her answer. http://thinkprogress.org/2010/01/14/palin-founding-father/Glenn. Even though Beck is a “lying sack of dog mess” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2FK2vchoEo, Palin was honored to praise Beck in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, describing him as “Self-taught, he’s become America’s professor of common sense, sharing earnestly sought knowledge with an audience hungry for truth.” http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/glenn-beck-sarah-palin/2010/04/30/id/357477.
When Rush Limbaugh used the same word as Rahm EmanuEl, “retard,” Palin’s spokesperson was quick to react. Meg Stapelton said, “Governor Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful. http://politics.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2010/02/04/palin-denounces-limbaugh-over-retard-cracks-glenn-beck-next. Realizing the implications of criticizing Rush Limbaugh, Palin “clarified” that she didn’t really mean that Limbaugh was disrespectful. In fact Palin AGREED with Limbaugh because he was merely “using satire.” http://rawstory.com/2010/02/palin-limbaugh-retarded-fine.
In 2008 Dr. Laura was outspoken about the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate. Dr. Laura said:
“I’m stunned – couldn’t the Republican Party find one competent female with adult children to run for Vice President with McCain? I realize his advisors probably didn’t want a “mature” woman, as the Democrats keep harping on his age. But really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?
I am haunted by the family pictures of the Palins during political photo-ops, showing the eldest daughter, now pregnant with her own child, cuddling the family’s newborn.” http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2008/09/dr-laura-schlessinger-not-supporting.html.
Given Palin’s alignment with Fox, Beck, and Limbaugh, it should come as no surprise that Palin has now also aligned herself with Dr. Laura. The word “nigger” has been described as the most offensive word in the English language. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nigger; http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nigger. Most articles written today don’t even write the word, and instead use a reference to the “N” word. Consider the actual words of Dr. Laura while having a conversation with an African American caller:
“CALLER: How about the N-word? So, the N-word’s been thrown around —
SCHLESSINGER: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO, listen to a black comic, and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger.
CALLER: That isn’t —
SCHLESSINGER: 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.
After taking a commercial break, Schlessinger said the caller had a “chip on your shoulder” and “too much sensitivity and not enough sense of humor.” She and the caller then had the following exchange:
CALLER: So it’s OK to say “nigger”?
SCHLESSINGER: — and not enough sense of humor.
CALLER: It’s OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It depends how it’s said.
CALLER: Is it OK to say that word? Is it ever OK to say that word?
SCHLESSINGER: It’s — it depends how it’s said. Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s OK.
CALLER: But you’re not black. They’re not black. My husband is white.
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, I see. So, a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.
CALLER: I can’t believe someone like you is on the radio spewing out the “nigger” word, and I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: I didn’t spew out the “nigger” word.
CALLER: You said, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.”
SCHLESSINGER: Right, I said that’s what you hear.
CALLER: Everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, they did.
CALLER: I hope everybody heard it.
SCHLESSINGER: They did, and I’ll say it again —
CALLER: So what makes it OK for you to say the word?
SCHLESSINGER: — nigger, nigger, nigger is what you hear on HB —
CALLER: So what makes it —
SCHLESSINGER: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?
SCHLESSINGER: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t double N — NAACP me. Tape the —
CALLER: I know what the NAACP —
SCHLESSINGER: Leave them in context.
After ending the call, Schlesinger said:
And what I just heard from Jade is a lot of what I hear from black-think — and it’s really distressting [sic] and disturbing. And to put it in its context, she said the N-word, and I said, on HBO, listening to black comics, you hear “nigger, nigger, nigger.” I didn’t call anybody a nigger. Nice try, Jade. Actually, sucky try.
Schlessinger: Caller shouldn’t “marry out of your race” if you “don’t have a sense of humor.” Schlessinger also stated:
Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race. …”
Dr. Laura isn’t a politician. Neither is Palin. Dr. Laura is a celebrity and so is Palin. Both are bigots. Consider the comments of Palin, defending the rant of Dr. Laura:
“Does anyone seriously believe that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a racist? Anyone, I mean, who isn’t already accusing all conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party Americans, etc., etc., etc. of being racists?
… I can understand how she could feel “shackled” by those who would parse a single word out of decades of on-air commentary. I understand what she meant when she declared that she was “taking back my First Amendment rights” by turning to a new venue that will not allow others the ability to silence her by going after her stations, sponsors, and supporters.
… So, more power to someone with good intentions who refuses to be shackled by their detractors when they are falsely accused of being racist.
It wasn’t a single word, it was 11 words! It wasn’t just the use of the N word, it was an outright condemnation of a woman in an inter-racial marriage. To suggest that Dr. Laura was “shackled” by her detractors is offensive and inappropriate. Palin minimizes the horror of being a slave, and being “shackled,” by her suggestion that Dr. Laura has been “shackled,” as a result of someone being critical of Dr. Laura for use of the N word.
It is particularly offensive that Palin purports to defend a citizens’ rights under the Constitution, when just last week she took the position that citizens of this country should not be allowed to determine how they might peacefully use their own property. malialitman.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/sarah-pal. Palin has suggested that it is not appropriate to build a house to worship God but it is perfectly appropriate for a radio show host to use the N word, 11 times on public radio, while speaking to an African American woman. While our Constitution may give Dr. Laura the right to express herself as she deems appropriate, it is appalling that even a celebrity would condone the use of such incendiary language.
(a separate post will be forthcoming to give you more information regarding Dr. Laura)