News anchor becomes viral sensation for clapping back at racist
Sharon Reed is the hero we never knew we needed.
The CBS 46 news anchor’s name made national headlines earlier this week after she clapped back at a viewer for sending a profanity-laden email.
In the virtual correspondence the writer, identified as Kathy Rae, hurled racist epithets at Reed for discussing race on air during a broadcast about the Atlanta mayoral election.
“You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. It’s o.k 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,” Rae wrote in the email.
After sharing the vile email in an on-air graphic, Reed stared directly into the camera and set the record straight, reaffirming that she never suggested 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 you are talking about at home and it’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race. That’s why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I – white and black – we decided, hey let’s go for it,” she said.
“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 okay to call this journalist a ‘n—-r.’ I don’t,” Reed continued.
“But I could clap back and say a few thing to you. But instead I’ll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves. And that will be the last word.”
Before long, Twitter was full of positive messages about Reed’s poignant takedown.
Some praised her “classy” response, while others seized the opportunity to turn her reaction into a meme, which acknowledges the issues men and women of color deal with every day in a world full of Kathy Rae’s.
On Facebook, Reed addressed the moment as “just another day at the office.”
“Not the first time I’ve been called that word,” she wrote.