"I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae", Reed continued.
Sharon Reed of CBS46 News received a nasty email from a viewer regarding her comments about the role race played in the contested Atlanta mayoral race on Tuesday (Dec. 5). "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".
A former local news anchor in Cleveland gave a sharp response Tuesday to a viewer who sent her an email calling her a racial slur. I didn't say, 'White people couldn't talk about race.' Quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It's one we're having tonight because it's one many of you are talking about at home and it's one that's clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race. It's important to talk about race, she said, adding that she and her colleagues chose to have that discussion on air after noting that race had become an issue in the Atlanta mayoral race.
"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.
"On December 5th, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a nigger".
"I would say to Kathy a couple of things", Reed said.
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Reed chose to first display the content of the email on the big screen before she had a chance to react to it. No. 1: You mischaracterize what I said. "And that'll be the last word".
Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night.
Though Reed has kept somewhat mum on the matter since the newscast ended, the same can't be said for netizens.
Reed addressed her accuser directly, also noting she spelled the "N word" incorrectly. That said, I really do believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion and we definitely put opposing views on the air all the time at CBS 46.
But Reed has no regrets, except not telling her crew to show the full email.