WGCL news anchor Sharon Reed called out a viewer, Kathy Rae, during a live broadcast on Dec. 5 for calling her (Reed) a “racist n*gger” on Facebook.
Rae was apparently upset because Reed has ben reporting on the Atlanta mayoral race, in which a black candidate faced a white candidate:
You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. It’s o.k. (sic) for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites. really??? (sic) you are what I call a N*ger not a black person. You are a racist N*ger (sic). you are what’s wrong with the world.
Reed read Rae’s email on the air, and responded to it:
So, I would say to Kathy, a couple of things. You mischaracterize what I said. I didn’t say that white people couldn’t talk about race. Quite the contrary.
We think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It’s one we’re having tonight because it’s one that many of you are having at home. And it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race.
And that’s why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I, white and black, decided, let’s go for it. Because we try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job of it.
So I won’t mischaracterize your viewpoint either, Kathy Rae. I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it’s OK to call this journalist a n*gger. I don’t.
But I could clap back and say a few things to you. But instead, I’ll let your words, Kathy Rae, stand for themselves. And that’s the last word.
(Source: WGCL via shauna/Twitter)