CBS Anchor Sharon Reed Claps Back

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This CBS reporter had the perfect on-air response to a racist email

'You think it's okay to call this journalist a n****r.'


Brianna Stone


Posted on Dec 6, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:48 am CDT

When a CBS news anchor received a racist email from a viewer, she gave the perfect on-air response.

In a segment on Atlanta’s CBS46 Tuesday night, journalist Sharon Reed read aloud an email sent by viewer Kathy Rae. The email called Reed the N-word, saying:

“You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight– ‘It’s okay 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.”

Reed said in the email the N-word was misspelled, reading “Niger [sic].”

In her response, the anchor didn’t stoop to Rae’s level.

“I think when arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint,” Reed said. “So I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. I get it.”

She continued: “On December 5, 2017 you think it’s okay to call this journalist a n****r. I don’t. 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.”

On Facebook, Reed wrote, “Just another day at the office… not the first time I’ve been called that word.”

The anchor even made a screenshot of the email her Facebook cover photo.

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*First Published: Dec 6, 2017, 8:19 pm CST