The caller then asks about the "N-word," saying that that's being used, and Dr. Laura responds, "Black guys use that all the time." She continues: "Turn on HBO, listen to a buh-lack comic, and all you hear is nigger nigger nigger. I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing. But when black people say it, is affectionate."
She goes to commercial, and when she comes back the caller points out that Dr. Laura used the N-word. Dr. Laura responds that people can't complain about racism anymore now that Barack Obama is president. The caller disagrees; Dr. Laura accuses her of having a "chip on your shoulder" (and Dr. Laura is completely free of resentment?).
They go back and forth, Dr. Laura getting more and more faux-idiotic, and the caller says Dr. Laura "spew[ed] out the nigger word." She says she hopes everybody heard it, and Dr. Laura responds: "They did and I'll say it again, nigger nigger nigger." Dr. Laura accuses the caller of trying to "NAACP" her by taking her words "out of context." She goes on to tell the caller that she's "hypersensitive" and has no "sense of humor" (so she was joking?) and that she should "marry out of your race."
Dr. Laura then repeats "Nigger nigger nigger" and accused the caller of making a "sucky try" to take her words out of context. She accuses "black activists" of blocking discussion of race and says that the "demonization" of whites was supposed to end with the election of Barack Obama. She says she doesn't get it, then she does, that it's all about "power."
I agree - it is all about power, which is why she's whining so much. It's an affront to her that any people exist that think that black people should be treated the same as white people. It's so natural, to her, that white people should be in a position of privilege that she feels that the US having a black president is an attack on the white race, so white people are the real victims now.
Most people would agree that context is important, except that the context of her use of the word "nigger" here was to air her resentments about black people, so that doesn't get her off the hook. I do wonder how much attention Dr. Laura would have gotten here if she hadn't said that one word, if instead she just expressed her contempt for "black activists" and "hypersensitive" people and "black people." I mean, even without that word, the rant would sound pretty racist to me. And Dr. Laura has shown the sense in the past to stay away from individual words - she called gay people "biological error[s]" and ranted against us for a while without using the word "faggot."
Anyway, she released an apology for saying the word "nigger" itself but not for anything else, even though it was ignorance piled on ignorance. I wouldn't expect much else from the radio host who waves the "personal responsibility" flag whenever she can but then blames the fact that people think she's homophobic on everyone but herself.