Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

Sharon Reed, a news anchor at CBS46, put a viewer who called her a "n***r" on blast Tuesday during the station's nightly newscast.

"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", the woman wrote in the e-mail, which Reed posted to her Facebook page and showed on screen for viewers. "Really, you are what I call a N***r not a black person. you are a racist N***r. you are what's wrong with the world". You are a racist ni**r. "You what's wrong with the world". Norwood, who said she planned to request the recount but who was trailing Bottoms, would be the city's first white mayor in over four decades.

Responding to the email, staring directly down the camera, Ms Reed said "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have". And that's why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I -White and Black- we made a decision to let's go for it. "We keep it real here". She explained that she believes discussions on race are important and that it's an issue that had entered the mayor's race.

Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night. "I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a n--".

"But I could clap back and say a few thing to you". But instead, I will let your words Kathy Rae speak for themselves.

Reed addressed her accuser directly, also noting she spelled the "N word" incorrectly.

Reed saw the email and her live clapback is television gold. The racial identities of the mayoral candidates constituted as such.

"Race was woven all through the campaign and plenty of folks here were talking about it", she said. "When black journalists get together, we've all had these similar horror stories". She went to her manager, who gave her the green light to share the email without a problem. "That said, there's too many people getting too comfortable that we're postracial", she says. The email was sent by a viewer going by Kathy Rae, and was read aloud by the news anchor.

Good on Reed for keeping her cool and not giving Rae the bait she was looking for.

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