Atlanta anchor Sharon Reed shuts down racist woman live on-air

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Reed said she wouldn't make the same mistake and mischaracterize the email sender's viewpoint. The conversation came amid discussion about the contested Atlanta mayoral race, in which an African-American candidate faced a white candidate.

The anchor said the email "mischaracterized" her views on race, and that "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have".

A TV news anchor has shut down a racist viewer live on air, and the footage is one of the most satisfying things I've seen in a while. "I didn't say that white people couldn't talk about race", Reed said, responding directly to Rae.

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. "That said, if you're going to write me using that word, I don't think it's appropriate for me to censor it for viewers". "And that's why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I, white and black, we decided, hey, let's go for it". "I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a n***er".

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"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight" Rae wrote. "But instead, I'll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves, and that'll be the last word".

A former local news anchor in Cleveland gave a sharp response Tuesday to a viewer who sent her an email calling her a racial slur. Norwood is running as an independent, white Bottoms is supported by the state's Democratic Party.

CBS not only showed her comments on-air, but allowed Reed to respond with a few graceful words (and pointed hands) of her own.

"It's one we're having tonight because it's one that you are talking about at home", Reed continued, "and it's one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race". "And that'll be the last word". Bottoms, who was announced as the victor Tuesday evening with less one percentage point of a lead, is black, and Norwood is white.

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