In a supposedly post-racial society, one would think that the n-word was buried and long gone with it troubled eras of race relations in this country. However, as we all try to move from America's ugly racial past, there are still rock solid vestiges of it.
No matter how smart, educated or accomplished you may be, nothing trumps the quality of your relationships with customers, vendors and employees. It is fascinating to think that one event or even just one word can completely stop the machinery.
The First Amendment protects her freedom of speech in a court of law. It does not guarantee Dr. Laura the right to an audience, and it does not guarantee that Americans will not respond to her ugly and vulgar rhetoric.