Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed responded on-air Tuesday night during CBS 46’s nightly news broadcast to a woman who sent her an email calling her a racial slur, reading the email and the woman’s name live on-air.
“You need to be fired for the race-baiting comment you made tonight,” Reed said, reading the email she received from Kathy Rae. “It’s o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites. really??? you are what I call a niger[sic] not a black person. You are a racist niger[sic]. you are what’s wrong with the world.”
“I’m going to hold it, because I think there’s some confusion behind the scenes,” Reed said, before explaining that she never said white people couldn’t talk about racial issues.
“I would say to Kathy, a couple of things. No. 1: You mischaracterize what I said. I didn’t say that white people couldn’t talk about race. Quite the contrary. We think that race is an authentic discussion to have,” Reed continued. “It’s one we’re having tonight because it’s one that many of you are talking about at home. And it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race.”
Reed informed the racist woman that she would take the high road rather than respond with insults.
“So I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae,” she continued. “I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it’s OK to call this journalist a n—–. I don’t. But I could clap back and say a few things to you. But instead, I’ll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves. And that’ll be the last word.”
The clip went viral on Twitter, and many Twitter users praised Reed for her measured response.
— Michele L Jawando (@MicheleJawando) December 6, 2017
CLASS. Racist sitting behind a damn computer screen calling her that. She handled it well. https://t.co/dnBINZjIbx
— Paisley D'Jour (@LA_andComPAiNY) December 6, 2017
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 6, 2017