After listening to the dialogue between Dr. Laura and Jade, I came to the conclusion that Dr. Laura used very poor judgment. First of all, Jade did not call to have Dr. Laura rant about Obama or other people using the N-word. The poor woman wanted to get advice on how to deal with her husband’s racist friends. In my opinion, Dr. Laura should have been more savvy and have enough compassion to understand that Jade was seeking advice. It almost appeared that Dr. Laura had an axe to grind, and she took the opportunity to expose her true inner feelings about race relations. There is no question; Dr. Laura was way out of line for berating Jade.
A simple suggestion would have set Jade’s heart at peace. Dr. Laura could have easily explained to Jade to sit down and have a serious talk with her husband concerning friends making derogatory comments about Blacks. To accuse Jade of being hypersensitive was a low blow on Dr. Laura’s part.
I can empathize with Jade and her concerns with her husband’s friends. I think her husband should make new friends. No true friend would feel comfortable making rude comments about someone else’s wife.
On the other hand, I have been around people who have made stupid comments about race because they thought it was okay. I remember a church friend making the statement about basketball players in his hometown of Oklahoma, and the locals called the gym where the players practiced Coons Lagoon. That friend later said sorry for making such a stupid comment. He genuinely felt very badly.
How Dr. Laura handled the call was definitely wrong, she portrayed herself as a person who wanted to spew and rant about some internal feelings that had been dormant deep inside of her heart. Yes! Dr. Laura used very bad judgment, but should she be raked over the coals a million times over? Should she be banned from doing her show? I think everyone deserves a second chance. Just my opinion!
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