Anchor responds on air to viewer who called her the 'N word'

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So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Ms. Kathy Rae.

Atlanta news anchor Sharon Reed responded on-air Tuesday night during CBS 46's nightly news broadcast, during which the anchor ripped the woman for calling her the slur. According to Reed, she repeatedly wrote "Niger", which is a country in Western Africa. "Really, you are what I call a n*ggr not a Black person. you are a racist n*ggr. you are what's wrong with the world".

"Number one, you mischaracterized what I said", Reed said.

Unfortunately, the conversation left viewer Kathy Rae fuming, so much so that she felt compelled to send Reed an email saying she ought to be fired for making "race baiting comments". It's one we're having tonight because it's one you are talking about at home. "That said, there's too many people getting too comfortable that we're postracial", she says.

"When arguing with someone, you have to be careful not to miscategorize their viewpoint, so I won't miscategorize your viewpoint", Reed continued.

"On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a n****r".

Reed spoke directly into the camera to the email's author: "I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. And that will be the last word".

"You are what's wrong with the world", she allegedly said at the end.

Race has taken center stage in Atlanta as the city, which hasn't elected a white mayor since 1973, voted in a tightly contested run-off election between two candidates, one white (Mary Norwood) and one black (Keisha Lance Bottoms). On the other hand, a Bottoms win "would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s". "We keep it real here". "A woman by the name of Kathy Rae emailed me and we're going to put that email on the screen and then I'll comment after it".

Reed addressed her accuser directly, also noting she spelled the "N word" incorrectly.

But Reed has no regrets, except not telling her crew to show the full email.

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.

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