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This journalist got the last word after a viewer called her the N-word

CBS46 journalist Sharon Reed was called the n-word via email by a viewer. Reed responded on live TV and her response went viral.
CBS46 journalist Sharon Reed was called the n-word via email by a viewer. Reed responded on live TV and her response went viral. Sharon Reed/Facebook

It wasn’t the first time someone called journalist Sharon Reed the n-word. But after a viewer sent her an offensive e-mail Tuesday, she decided enough was enough.

“Just another day at the office ... Here’s an email I got from Kathyrae1962 tonight. And here’s my response,” the Atlanta reporter wrote on her Facebook page.

Kathyrae1962 told Reed she should be fired after making a “race baiting comment” on air while she and her co-workers were discussing the Atlanta mayor’s race.

The race between Independent Mary Norwood and Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms was too close to call, CNN reported. On Tuesday night, Bottoms had come out on top with 759 more votes than Norwood. Bottoms celebrated her win, but Norwood called for a recount.

Reed, who works for CBS46, discussed the topic of race wither her colleagues on air Tuesday. Bottoms is black and Norwood is white.

Kathyrae1962 told Reed she “is what’s wrong with the world” in an email.

“it’s o.k. for blacks discuss certain subjects but not whites, really???” Kathyrae192 wrote. “you are what I call a N****r not a black person ... you are what’s wrong with the world.”

Reed responded on CBS46-TV, with her colleagues by her side, saying race is an “authentic discussion to have” that was also a hot topic in the Atlanta mayor’s race.

“We do try to keep it real here and I think we do a very good job at it,” Reed said. The video has garnered nearly 100,000 views on Facebook.

“On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it’s OK to call this journalist a n****r. I don’t. But I could clap back and say a few things to you, but instead I’ll let your words, Kathyrae, speak for themselves. And that’ll be the last word,” Reed said.

You can watch the video here.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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