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


I get it. On 5 December, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a 'n--.' I don't. "I don't. I could clapback and say a few things to you, but instead I'll let your words speak for themselves". The message, sent by a woman named Kathy Rae, criticized her for "race baiting" while covering the city's mayoral elections.

The sender, identified as Kathy Rae, began with the claim that Reed should be fired for a "race-baiting" comment she made on the show and used a vile word to describe the anchor.

In the email, Rae called Reed a "N***r", misspelling the slur. As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae chose to reach out. "I didn't say that white people couldn't talk about race", Reed said. Kathyrae192 wrote. "you are what I call a N****r not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world". "And that will be the last word".

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Responding to the email, staring directly down the camera, Ms Reed said "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have".

"I think it's fair for people to see what she wrote and get my response", Reed told her viewers before she read the Kathy Rae email. It's one we're having tonight because it's one that many of you are having at home. Bottoms, who was announced as the victor Tuesday evening with less than one percentage point of a lead, is black, and Norwood is white.

"Number one, you mischaracterized what I said", Reed said. "Right? Because we do try to keep it real here and I think we do a good job of it".

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As votes poured in for Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Black woman Democrat, and Mary Norwood, a white Independent candidate, Reed and her co-anchors Ben Swan and Alicia Roberts discussed the impact of race on the election in which Bottoms ultimately emerged victorious pending a recount. Atlanta has had black mayors since the 1970s. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.

Kathie Rae didn't want Reed talking about race, but Reed wasn't backing down.

She went on to explain you can't argue by mischaracterizing the other side's viewpoint.

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Unlike when she read the email, Reed did not censor the word during her own statement.