News anchor Sharon Reed responds on air to a viewer who calls her the N-word.— Mariah Honey (@ButterflyHoney) December 6, 2017
It's all because the Atlanta Mayoral race had people worked up. By the way-- CONGRATULATIONS KEISHA!#WednesdayWisdom #Wednesdaymotivation #AtlantaMayor #atlantamayoralrace #ATLMayor pic.twitter.com/7TcHavVoU8
Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed became the center of national attention after she eloquently clapped back at a viewer who called her the n-word in an email.
Tuesday night, during CBS 46's nightly news broadcast, Reed had the email pulled up on the screen for all to see, read it out loud, and proceeded to verbally annihilate the woman who wrote the slur twice in the crude message.
She also pointed out that the author of the message misspelled the insult, writing it as Niger — which is a country in West Africa.
“You need to be fired for the race-baiting comment you made tonight,” read the email from Kathy Rae. “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.”
After sharing the message, a visibly offended Reed delivered a no-holds-barred response.
“I’m going to hold it because I think there’s some confusion behind the scenes,” Reed responded, 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 many of you are talking about at home. And it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race."
“So, I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. 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 internet rightfully applauded Reed's brutal takedown of Rae's nasty insults.
Sharon Reed was so Atlanta last night that it made me homesick— Sean Mack (@seanmackradio) December 6, 2017