That sucking sound you hear is Dr. Laura's career being flushed down the toilet. She might stay on the radio, but she won't really have any credibility with anyone but the racist masses.
On August 10th, Dr. Laura responded to an African-American caller who was offended that her white husband allowed racist conversation to pass without calling it out by telling said caller that her examples of racist conversation were not racist, that she was too sensitive, and then proceeded to use the "n-word" over and over again in a string.
Not content to stop there, she berated the listener until said listener hung up on her, then went off for another three minutes or so about how sensitive people are about race, and how "black speak" allows for use of the n-word with no problem.
Someone forgot her happy pills, I think. (Thanks to Media Matters for capturing the full audio.)
Here's the first segment:
And here is the second:
This argument of hers, that "they say it all the time so it's not racist" is really disingenuous, and when you hear her rant you'll understand why it was offensive enough to raise the hackles of anyone with half a sensibility for the feelings of others.
She did apologize, in a weird way:
I didn't intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done.
Actually, it's the wrong thing to have done because the epithet she chose to use was a denigrating, negative, ugly term that we, as a society, have chosen to reject outright. Intent has very little to do with it. Her second try at an apology was a bit better:
I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the "n" word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong.
Yes, it definitely was.