Sharon Reed is an anchor for CBS Atlanta, and on Tuesday she was speaking on the air about the city's mayoral election with her colleagues Ben Swann and Alicia Roberts. "I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a 'n--r.' I don't", Reed continued. "I don't. I could clapback and say a few things to you, but instead I'll let your words speak for themselves". "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".
"On December 5th, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a nigger".
Reed has also commented on the now-viral moment, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution that she made a decision to use the n-word in its entirety in the moment, and that she is "not a fan of the use" of the word in general.
"You need to be fired for the race-baiting comment you made tonight", read the email from Kathy Rae. As reported on sites including the Root, she was discussing the racial dynamics in the Atlanta mayor race when Kathy Rae chose to reach out. "I don't come down on artists and other people who have co-opted it for what they want to use it", Reed said.
She said the viewer mischaracterized what Reed had said. "And that will be the last word".
Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night. What she said was not in a teleprompter. "Why sensor that? Especially in a natural, authentic moment like that".
With the utmost professionalism, Reed debunked the original claim that she and her team, whose races range from white and Black, were somehow race-baiting.
"It's nice to know people see it your way", she said, "especially about an issue like this". We're talking race. She used it multiple times. "But we all have to be responsible for those views". After opening the floor for viewers to express their opinions, Kathy Rae jumped at the opportunity but obviously didn't think it through.
"But if you do, be fearless".