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.
"Number one, you mischaracterized what I said", Reed said. It's important to talk about race, she said, adding that she and her colleagues made a decision to have that discussion on air after noting that race had become an issue in the Atlanta mayoral race.
In responding to the woman, Reed clarified that she had not said white people can not talk about race, but in fact that "race is an authentic discussion to have". "It's o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites...really??" "And then there is the belief that you have to keep it real". And it's one that clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race. On the other hand, a Bottoms win "would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s". We're talking race. She used it multiple times.
The original email from a woman identified as Kathy Rae, which Reed showed on air, said: "You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a 'n--r.' I don't", Reed continued. Kathyrae192 wrote. "you are what I call a N****r not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world". "So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae". Rather, Reed said she didn't like the fact Reed noted that she had misspelled the N word. CBS46's Sharon Reed posted and read the woman's email Tuesday night and also shared the author's email handle. The racial identities of the mayoral candidates constituted as such.
Though Reed has kept somewhat mum on the matter since the newscast ended, the same can't be said for netizens. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.
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Being a black and brown journalist is a tough job, especially now.
Reed was a part of a recent on-air discussion that, apparently, irritated one of the viewers so much that she wrote a scathing email.
Kathie Rae emailed back, taking issue with Reed's implying she was stupid.
Reed's powerful rebuke of the racist email was praised online. "To me, it was an easy decision".