Atlanta News Anchor Sharon Reed Shames Racist Viewer

Bigotry and racism are resurgent today as prejudiced people feel empowered by having a president who clearly shares their feelings. Fortunately, these ignorant, racist folks only represent a relatively small percentage of Americans, so this attempt to rip apart the American social fabric and return to a racist past is doomed to fail.

Moreover, as long as intelligent, caring professionals like Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed are willing to take a stand against racists, their ignorant rantings and epithets only serve to make them look foolish.

Racial tensions have been high in Atlanta for the last few months, as the city’s mayoral race between black Democrat Keisha Bottoms and white Independent Mary Norwood came down to just a few thousand votes. Bottoms was announced as the winner of the race earlier this week with a less than one percentage point lead.

WGCL-TV journalist Sharon Reed was doing a news segment on Tuesday night before the race was called, and decided to discuss an email she had received earlier that day criticizing her comments on how race played a role in the election. A woman called Reed a “N***r,” misspelling the word, in her email.

Despite the personal nature of the insult, Reed took the high road as she spoke about the email on-air. Reed began by saying that Rae had “mischaracterized” what she said

“I didn’t say white people couldn’t talk about race. Quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It’s one that we’re having tonight because it’s one that you are talking about at home and it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race,” Reed explained.

She continued to state “And that’s why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I, white and black, we decided, hey, let’s go for it. Because we do try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job of it.”

Reed continued, making it clear what she thought of the racist viewer: “So I think when arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint, so I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it’s OK to call this journalist a nigger. 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.”

The next day, Reed posted the clip on her Facebook page, and also pointed out this is definitely not the first time she’s been called the “N” word by a viewer.

Reed’s video was shared by Twitter user Billy Michael Honor and has gotten over 16,000 retweets and 31,000 likes.

Well-known Atlanta locals such as rapper Killer Mike and comedian W. Kamau Bell praised Reed for dealing with the situation with the racist viewer in such a polished and poised manner.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: YouTube, WKRG, Sharon Reed/Facebook

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