Sharon Reed, who works for CBS 46 in Atlanta, said during the broadcast that a woman named Kathy Rae mischaracterized something she had said in a previous broadcast and wrote her an angry e-mail.
"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", it read. Really??? You are what I call a N--r not a black person. You are what's wrong with the world, " the email read, the slur spelled wrong.
Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed delivered a powerful reply to an email from a viewer that referred to her as a "n***r" and suggested she had been "race baiting" while presenting on her program.
Reed and her fellow news anchors were discussing the role race played in the campaign because mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms-who won by less than one percentage point-is black and her opponent was a white woman.
"On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a n****r", she said.
"But I could clap back and say a few thing to you". But instead, I will let your words Kathy Rae speak for themselves. "And that'll be the last word".
In the virtual correspondence the writer, identified as Kathy Rae, hurled racist epithets at Reed for discussing race on air during a broadcast about the Atlanta mayoral election. "That said, if you're going to write me using that word, I don't think it's appropriate for me to censor it for viewers".
She also posted Rae's uncensored email, complete with her full name and email address, online and made it her Facebook header. On the other hand, a Bottoms win "would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s". We're talking race. She used it multiple times. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says. "That said, there's too many people getting too comfortable that we're postracial", she says. You can see Reed's entire reply in the video below.
Comments regarding Reed's words were mostly positive, with folks saying the anchor "owned" the email writer and that Reed was "brilliant" in her response.