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

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

"I think it's fair for people to see what she wrote and get my response", Reed told her viewers before she read the Kathy Rae email.

"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", Reed said, reading Rae's email aloud. "It's o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites. really??? you are what I call a n--r not a black person".

She did email the viewer back and said thanked her for "making the show".

The anchor said the email "mischaracterized" her views on race, and that "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have". It's one we're having tonight because it's one you are talking about at home.

Atlanta voted yesterday for its mayor, deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms, an African-American candidate, and Mary Norwood, who is white, in a contest that appears to hang on roughly 750 votes and is headed for a recount.

CBS 46's Sharon Reed addressed the viewer during the Atlanta station's Tuesday night broadcast, during which she and her colleague's were covering the city's mayoral race.




"I could clap back and say a few things to you". 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.

As for the advice she'd give aspiring Black journalists who may face similar criticism as she did with Kathy Rae, Reed said young reporters shouldn't feel like they have to own it. "And that'll be the last word". "Because we do try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job of it". Atlanta has had black mayors since the 1970s.

Reed has also commented on the now-viral moment, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution that she chose to use the n-word in its entirety in the moment, and that she is "not a fan of the use" of the word in general.

Reed has worked at CBS46 for more than two years and says that she and other black journalists are familiar with these types of critiques. She used it multiple times. What she said was not in a teleprompter.

Reed's powerful rebuke of the racist email was praised online.