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Atlanta anchor responds to viewer calling her a racial slur

07 December 2017

She added: "When arguing with somebody you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae".

While public figures generally ignore emails criticizing their work, CBS News 46 anchor Sharon Reed decided a particular one she received warranted some on-air attention. I don't. But I could clapback and say a few things to you.

"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", Reed said, reading Rae's email aloud.

An Atlanta news anchor confronted a viewer who called her the "n-word" during Tuesday's coverage of the mayor's race. "I don't come down on artists and other people who have co-opted it for what they want to use it", Reed said. Bottoms, who was announced as the victor Tuesday evening with less one percentage point of a lead, is black, and Norwood is white.

"On December 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a n*****", Reed said. So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae.

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Of course, the Atlanta election was 100% centered around race, with Norwood, who was looking to become Atlanta's first white mayor in 40 years, calling for a recount just minutes after Bottoms had announced and celebrated her win. "I didn't say that white people couldn't talk about race", Reed said, responding directly to Rae. "And that'll be the last word".

The differing races of the two candidates highlighted a racial divide in the city that is known for having mostly positive race relations between its white and black communities.

Folks including rapper Killer Mike and comedian W. Kamau Bell praised Reed for getting the racist viewer all the way together in such a poised manner.

An Atlanta news anchor doesn't have time for racism. After opening the floor for viewers to express their opinions, Kathy Rae jumped at the opportunity but obviously didn't think it through.

Atlanta anchor responds to viewer calling her a racial slur