Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

News Anchor Responds To Viewer's Racist Email

News Anchor Responds To Viewer's Racist Email

Reed said she wouldn't make the same mistake and mischaracterize the email sender's viewpoint.

You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight.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. you are a racist N***r. you are what's wrong with the world [sic].

The CBS 46 news anchor's name made national headlines earlier this week after she clapped back at a viewer for sending a profanity-laden email. Quite the contrary. We think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It's one we're having tonight because you are talking about it at home.

As votes poured in for Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Black woman Democrat, and Mary Norwood, a white Independent candidate, Reed and her co-anchors Ben Swan and Alicia Roberts discussed the impact of race on the election in which Bottoms ultimately emerged victorious pending a recount.

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.

After tackling the topic of Rae's post, Reed responded to the language, stating that though Rae had mischaracterized Reed's perspective, the journalist would not mischaracterize Rae's words.

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"On December 5th, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a nigger".

A TV news anchor has shut down a racist viewer live on air, and the footage is one of the most satisfying things I've seen in a while. But instead, I'll let your words, Kathy Rae, stand for themselves. If Norwood won, she'd be the first white female mayor of Atlanta, according to ABC News.

Unlike when she read the email, Reed did not censor the word during her own statement. "And that's the last word". Responding to the station and Reed's coverage, an emailer identifying herself as Kathy Rae sent Reed a message calling her "a racist N****r". On the other hand, a Bottoms win "would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s".

Though Reed has kept somewhat mum on the matter since the newscast ended, the same can't be said for netizens.

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

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