If you’ve ever wished you could tell off internet trolls in real life on some sort of large public platform, get ready to watch one woman live your dream.
Except even better, because in this case it wasn’t just a rude comment, it was an outright personal, racist attack. And this Atlanta news anchor handled it in the best possible way. She's pretty much our hero now.
Sharon Reed is a local news anchor at CBS46 in Atlanta.This week on the show, the team was discussing the Atlanta mayoral race, which has brought up some frank discussions about racism in the city.
During a segment called Tonight’s Talkers, Reed received an email from a woman named Kathy Rae.Kathy Rae wrote an email to Reed to share her opinion that Reed should be fired for comments that she said on the show.
Wasting no time, Reed decided to read the email right on the air.
. @SharonReedCBS46's face is every woman of color dealing with the Kathy Rae's of the world. https://t.co/izNkYMBqDw— Cyn Diesel (@Cyn Diesel)1512541936.0
The email used a racial slur.
via: FacebookKathy Rae’s email read: “You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. It’s okay 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."
Reed read the racist email and then, like a boss, looked into the camera and addressed Kathy Rae directly.Reed said calmly and clearly, “On December 5, 2017, you think it’s okay to call this journalist a n*****r. I don’t." Um, YES. We are here are Sharon Reed. We are here for Sharon Reed’s no bull attitude, we are here for Sharon Reed’s amazing beachy waves, we are here for Sharon Reed staring down the camera like she could actually see Kathy Rae through the screen, we are here for Sharon Reed calling out racism without skipping a beat.
Reed took the high road.
Look @SharonReedCBS46 is 1 of the kindest person u’ll ever meet but sometimes you have to stand up for yourself & t… https://t.co/P4ysKEArjP— Abesi (@Abesi)1512572609.0
In a later interview with a local radio host, Reed talked about her quick decision to read the email on air.
via: ShutterstockIn an interview on The Rashad Richey Show, Reed said of the incident, “As soon as that bubble popped up, and I read it, I immediately said to the executive producer, get this on and I want you to use her name."
She also commented that this kind of thing was commonplace for a black person in her field.“Anybody who is in this business that I’m in, that you’re in, this is nothing new," she told Richey. But it shouldn’t be that way. Which is why it's so great when people like Reed call it out people who are being racist.
Reed said that she wished the network didn’t star out the letters in the word on airKathy Rae had spelled the slur incorrectly, but the intent was clear. Reed wanted viewers to see exactly what Kathy Rae had felt the need to write to her for full impact. But even without seeing it in full, Reed’s delivery and bravery is incredibly effective.
Reed also went ahead and made the unedited email the background image of her Facebook page.Just in case there was any confusion.
The video is just so satisfying.
News anchor Sharon Reed responds on air to a viewer who calls her the N-word. This Atlanta Mayoral race has people… https://t.co/JNcCtlVdqJ— Billy Michael Honor (@Billy Michael Honor)1512530781.0