Dr. Laura and the N-word; etymology and the N-word

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 13 17:14:32 UTC 2010

Dr. Laura Schlessinger suffers weird on-air psychoracial episode:

She's mad about something, and it ain't just the N-word. You have to hear
the tape to tell just how mad: she barely lets the caller speak. Even by Dr.
Laura standards. (There may have been longer excerpts on CNN this morning.)

Note too how the YouTube commenters move quickly into antisemitic mode, like
Laura's a secret spokeswoman for the Elders. Nothing post-racial about the

This morning,  CNN's  Tony Holmes asked an academic guest (sorry, I missed
his name) about the origin of the N-word. The etymological part of the
reply, the flaw in an otherwise informative commentary, was, "It's a
corruption of the word _Negro_."


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