The close mayoral race in Atlanta between a white and Black women has inevitably brought up several conversations about race in politics. However, when one local news anchor engaged in that very discussion, she was met with a racist message from a viewer who used the n-word.
Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed read the racist message on-air Tuesday night during CBS 46's nightly news broadcast and then provided a response.
“You need to be fired for the race-baiting comment you made tonight,” Reed said, reading the email from Kathy Rae, which was displayed on the newscast. “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.”
"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 said. "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 then finished her address with a classic page out of Michelle Obama's "when they go low, we go high" speech.
“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***r. 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.”
(Photo: CBS 46 News)
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