Atlanta News Anchor Classily Claps Back At Racist Comments On-Air

Carla Harmon
December 8, 2017

"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", she continued. "It's one 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".

Atlanta voted yesterday for its mayor, deciding between Keisha Lance Bottoms, an African-American candidate, and Mary Norwood, who is white, in a contest that appears to hang on roughly 750 votes and is headed for a recount.

Before the email was shown on screen, Ms Reed said, "a woman by the name of Kathy Rae emailed me". Reed requested her colleagues to briefly digress from their topic of discussion to present her view on a racist email sent by a viewer named Kathy Rae. I get it. On Dec 5, 2017 you think it's OK to call this journalist a ni**er. Kathyrae192 wrote. "you are what I call a N****r not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world". "But instead, I'll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves, and that'll be the last word". As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae made a decision to reach out.

Reed added that she responded to the viewer, who complained that the anchor called her out for misspelling the n-word.

"Number one, you mischaracterized what I said", Reed said. "It's also worth noting that Bottoms was the default Democrat in the nonpartisan race and Norwood was a closet Republican".

She cautioned against mischaracterizing other people's words.

"Isn't Niger a country. how can she be a whole country. we see who the real fool is", wrote another. What she said was not in a teleprompter. She used it multiple times.

Reed said the response has been "nice" and acknowledged that while everyone can have their own and differing opinions, they must be responsible for them, too. Taylor, then 36, had been the subject of what a 2002 Daily News article calls "foul, scatological, racist, sexist" messages posted to online TV forums which she believed were authored by Reed.

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