Reed noted that Rae didn't properly censor the word n****r and said that she "mischaracterized" her point.
"'"(Y) ou need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight (.) (I) t's o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really???. you are a racist Niger", the email stated, misspelling the offending word. "You are what I call a [N-word] not a black person. you are what's wrong with the world". You are what's wrong with the world, " the email read, the slur spelled wrong.
In responding to the woman, Reed clarified that she had not said white people can not talk about race, but in fact that "race is an authentic discussion to have".
Conversations surrounding the city's mayoral race between Democrat Keisha Bottoms and Independent Mary Norwood have been drenched in racial tension. Reed requested her colleagues to briefly digress from their topic of discussion to present her view on a racist email sent by a viewer named Kathy Rae.
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"On December 5, 2017, you think it's okay 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, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves. "So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae". Reed said the show gets social media comments all the time and she responded fairly off the cuff. No. 1: You mischaracterize what I said. "It has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race". "And that'll be the last word", Reed said. "Right? Because we do try to keep it real here and I think we do a good job of it". On the other hand, a Bottoms win "would continue a run of African-American mayors that began with Maynard Jackson in the mid-1970s".
"Race was woven all through the campaign and plenty of folks here were talking about it", she said. She used it multiple times. She also called the journalist the N-word, although she somehow managed to misspell it. "That said, there's too many people getting too comfortable that we're postracial", she says.
Within minutes of receiving the racist note, Reed read Rae's email live on-air. Unfortunately, we see you.