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Calmly scorches viewer who called her the N-word

08 December 2017, 08:29 | Brandon Parsons

Atlanta TV anchor responds on air to a woman who called her a racial epithet

Atlanta CBS46 news anchor Sharon Reed

"So I won't mischaracterize your viewpoint either, Kathy Rae", Reed continued. No. 1: You mischaracterize what I said. "You what's wrong with the world".

A U.S. news anchor has bravely confronted a viewer who sent her a racist email during a live broadcast. It's one we're having tonight because it's one that many of you are having at home.

Reed and her fellow news anchors were discussing the role race played in the campaign because mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms-who won by less than one percentage point-is black and her opponent was a white woman. The viewer, Kathy Rae, wrote that Reed should be fired for "race-baiting" and also called her a "n*gger" (although she misspelled the slur, using only one "g" instead of two, like the African country Niger).

"On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a n****r", she said. I don't. I could clap back and say a few things to you.

Reed added that she doesn't think it's OK and instead of saying another word about Rae, chose to let the sender's words "speak for themselves".

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"We do try to keep it real here", she added.

In a video she shared to her professional Facebook page, Reed showed the world what journalists of color deal with on a daily basis and responded directly to Kathy Rae herself. "And that's the last word". As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae made a decision to reach out.

Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.

A former NBC10 anchor now working down South has gone viral online after calling out a viewer in a broadcast who had called her the N-word in a racist e-mail. She used it multiple times. Unfortunately, we see you.

Comments regarding Reed's words were mostly positive, with folks saying the anchor "owned" the email writer and that Reed was "brilliant" in her response.

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