CBS46's Sharon Reed On Why She Hit Back at Racist Viewer Email

Atlanta news anchor responds on-air to being called racial slur

"'"(Y) ou need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight (.) (I) t's o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really???. you are a racist Niger", the email stated, misspelling the offending word.

Several social media users commended Reed on the way she handled the email. I didn't say, 'White people couldn't talk about race.' Quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It's one we're having tonight because it's one that many of you are having at home.

At the time, Reed and her co-anchors were discussing the importance of race in Georgia's mayoral election, where both white and African-American candidates were taking part this year.

With the utmost professionalism, Reed debunked the original claim that she and her team, whose races range from white and Black, were somehow race-baiting. I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a (n-word). Kathyrae192 wrote. "you are what I call a N****r not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world".

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Reed spoke directly into the camera to the email's author: "I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae". As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae made a decision to reach out.

Reed addressed the email on-air, saying that Rae "mischaracterized" what she said. "It's also worth noting that Bottoms was the default Democrat in the nonpartisan race and Norwood was a closet Republican". "And that'll be the last word", Reed said.

Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night. Rather, Reed said she didn't like the fact Reed noted that she had misspelled the N word. "I think it's fair for people to see what she wrote". "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says. We're talking race. She used it multiple times.

But Reed has no regrets, except not telling her crew to show the full email.

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