Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

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

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

"I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae", Reed continued.

"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", wrote a woman named Kathy Rae. "You are what I call a [N-word] not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world".

She also posted Rae's uncensored email, complete with her full name and email address, online and made it her Facebook header.

In responding to the woman, Reed clarified that she had not said white people can not talk about race, but in fact 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.

"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", Reed said. "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. At one point, the discussion turned to Atlanta's racial demographics, which prompted Reed to bring up a viewer's derogatory message.

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Commenters on Reed's Facebook page and on the station's website overwhelmingly supported Reed, saying she was measured in her response and handled the situation with class. "And that's the last word".

The race between Independent Mary Norwood and Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms was too close to call, CNN reported. "Number One: You mischaracterized what I 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. "Because we try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job of it".

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. What she said was not in a teleprompter. Rather, Reed said she didn't like the fact Reed noted that she had misspelled the N word.

Folks including rapper Killer Mike and comedian W. Kamau Bell praised Reed for getting the racist viewer all the way together in such a poised manner.

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