A Relationship Expert’s Comments on the Dr. Laura Controversy

Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s appeal to the masses, evidenced in her 30 years spent writing and talking about relationships has always perplexed me.  We do not need to be perfect to help others; however, a little delving into Dr. Laura’s life reveals some incredibly strained interpersonal relationships (to say the very least).  Again, it is not for me to judge how someone lives their life but I would like to think someone who is in the profession of helping people in their intimate relationships actually has one of their own.

While a guest on CNN’s “Larry King Live” show, Dr. Laura told Larry King she will not be renewing her contract which expires at the end of this year, claiming she wants to “regain my First Amendment rights”.  In the event you are aware of the controversy swirling around her, Dr. Laura used the “n” word 11 times within the course of five minutes during a call-in interview on her radio show.  The caller was in a bi-racial marriage.  She was an African-American woman who was seeking help on how to handle racial comments from her husband’s relatives and friends.

Any person who proclaims to be an expert dealing with people in relationships should understand that all relationships, especially those of an intimate nature, are based upon mutual respect, trust and understanding.  The fact that others use a reprehensible, derogatory word does not in any way condone the use of that word. And the “n” word, which I cannot even allow myself to write out in full, is one of the most disgusting words one could use to describe anyone. Period!

Dr. Laura’s rationale for using this word, was that black comedians on HBO use it all the time – is absurd.  This reminds me of parents who are trying to teach their children not to hit each other when they are angry – go over to their child – hit them and say: “You don’t hit”!  This makes no sense at all!  Children will repeat what they see and as an expert, we have an obligation to lead by example in our words and deeds!

Having never been a fan of Dr. Laura, I say good-bye and good riddance’s.  If her radio station is looking for a real relationship expert, one who not only talks the talk but walks the walk – give me a call!

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