Friday, August 13, 2010

Opposite Day: Dr. Laura Is Not Racist At All

Dr. Laura is still a flipping moron and her use of the N word is probably the least racist and unacceptable thing she says here in this clip:

The American Prospect breaks down why her use of the N word isn't actually the most offensive thing about this clip:

That said, of everything in that exchange, Dr. Laura's use of the "N-word" was the least offensive -- and least racist -- element; quoting racial slurs isn't cool -- they're still racial slurs, with all the historical baggage that includes -- but you can imagine scenarios where quoting a racial slur is appropriate to the conversation.

In actuality, it's the rest of her rant that drips with racial animus. To recap: Dr. Laura immediately dismisses her caller's problems, uses a racist joke to prove her non-racism, insists that black people voted for Obama over nothing but racial solidarity (as if pre-Obama, African Americans never voted for Democrats), strongly resents the fact that "black guys" can use the "N-word" but she can't, and declares that "If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry outside of your race." Dr. Laura isn't known for her sensitivity, but this is an impressive display of raw racial resentment.
And of course every time Dr. Laura does something I am reminded of this amazing clip from The West Wing where President Bartlet PWNS the fake Dr. Laura. Check it out after the jump:

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