Atlanta news anchor responds on-air to being called racial slur

An African-American TV news anchor blasted a woman who sent her an email calling her a racial slur Tuesday night, reading the email and the woman's name live on-air.

Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed responded on-air Tuesday night during CBS 46's nightly news broadcast, during which the anchor ripped the woman for calling her the slur.

“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’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 that many of you are talking about at home. And it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race."

She added that she would take the high road rather than respond with insults.

“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-----. 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.”

Atlanta currently faces a likely recount in the city's mayoral race, which saw a runoff Tuesday. Less than 800 votes separate front-runner Keisha Lance Bottoms from challenger Mary Norwood.

If elected, Norwood would become Atlanta's first white female mayor. Atlanta has had black mayors since the 1970s. Norwood is running as an independent, while Bottoms is supported by the state's Democratic Party.