News Anchor’s ‘Clap Back’ When Called the N-Word Is Phenomenal

“You think it’s okay to call this journalist a n***er. I don’t,” is only part of Sharon Reed’s amazing on-air reply.


Atlanta TV journalist Sharon Reed is taking a nod from Rep. Maxine Waters and reclaiming her time.

A viewer named Kathy Rae sent Reed an email on Tuesday questioning her integrity on the coverage of the tight Atlanta mayoral race between Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is Black, and Mary Norwood, who is white. Bottoms, a Democrat, defeated Norwood, who ran as an independent, in a nearly split decision by voters. It is the second time the city of Atlanta will have a Black woman at the helm.

In the email, Rae attempted to degrade the WGCL-TV anchor by calling her the N-word — but misspelled it.

“You need to be fired for race baiting comment you made tonight,” Rae said in an email. “It’s OK for Blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really??? You are what I call a Niger not a Black person. You are a racist Niger. You are what’s wrong with the world.”


In a live broadcast after 9 p.m., before the mayoral race was called, Reed shared the email with the viewing audience.

“A woman by the name of Kathy Rae emailed me,” Reed said. “I’m going to put that email on the screen and I’ll comment after it. I think it’s fair for people to see what she wrote and then I’ll give my response.”

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“The controversy is coming from people who aren’t too happy about the way I look on television,” Demetria Obilor said.

After both showing and reading the email at the same time, Reed gave her assessment.

“I would say to Kathy a couple of things,” she began. “Number one, you mischaracterized what I said.

“I didn’t say white people couldn’t talk about race, quite the contrary. We think race is an authentic discussion to have. We’re having it tonight because it’s [a discussion] many of you are having at home. And it has clearly entered the Atlanta mayoral race.

“That’s why behind the scenes, my colleagues and I, white and Black, we decided, ‘Hey, let’s go for it’ because we do try to keep it real here and we do a very good job of it.

“So I think when arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint. I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae.”

Reed then let Rae know that she’s a professional TV journalist, but her “clap back” could have been fierce.

“I get it. On Dec. 5, 2017, you think it’s okay to call this journalist a n***er. 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. And, that will be the last word.”

Reed posted the entire clip on her Facebook page with the message, “Just another day at the office. Not the first time I’ve been called that word. Here’s an email I got from Kathyrae1962 tonight. And here’s my response. See ya at 11 on CBS46 with the latest results in the Atlanta mayor’s race!”

She later updated her cover photo with a picture of the printed email.

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  • David Andersen

    What an incredible class act! I applaud Sharon for having the guts to speak up and not allow this trashy lady to try and take her down. But even more, I applaud how she does it. She did not stoop to the level of the other “lady”, but rose well above her and made her message heard in a very loud way. Way to go Sharon!

  • I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Sharon Reed at various events and dinners a few years back. She has my utmost respect. Her response was classy.

  • Bravo! It’s not okay to name call….and it’s really not okay to misspell the word that you calling someone. But, that is always the case…

    • sad part…… the racist person, doesn’t get it. the classy response was beyond her comprehension

  • Now that’s what you call a “clap back”. Shame that racist, ignorant huzzy who can’t even spell the word she tried to deliver with such venom. And I like that Ms. Reed posted the full message; name, email address and all. That’s what you have to do. Put racism on full blast. BLM

  • I applaud her class in handling it. There’s a “tiny” part of me that says she shouldn’t have shown the woman’s email address. Followed by a significantly larger part of me that’s saying, she will deserve every bit of the harassment she’s about to get when people realize they have a way to contact her. Sooo…. there you have it.

  • Kathy Rae’s racist ignorance is only an iota of the daily insults we as Black women face all over AmeriKKKa. Being from Paul Ryan’s Nazi state of Wisconsin, and having traveled in the military to various states, Rae’s letter could have come from the Midwest, Northeast, East, West, and especially the Northwest! Racism against Blacks is endemic and pandemic in AmeriKKKa.

    The Black TV journalist professionally took the sophisticated “high road” to avoid being fired. When Rhonda Lee, a meterologist on LousyAnna responded to a racist white women who denigrated her for wearing an afro, the station fired her for defending her Black pride.

    As Black women, we ALWAYS have to swallow Rae-type racist bullsh*t just to keep our jobs. My standard comment to some on-the-job white racists is: I refuse to crawl in the sewer with you to grace you with a response! If racist rudeness, crudeness and ignorance were bricks, there would be enough to build a replica of the Great Wall of China around AmeriKKKa.

  • Funny coincidence re: “Clap Back”.
    When I searched the term online…

    Ja Rule – Clap Back Lyrics | MetroLyrics
    Lyrics to ‘Clap Back’ by Ja Rule. “Yeah, yeah. haha yeah! / I gotta get my headphones / All my gangsta niggaz is in the building on this one! / You know! Yeah”

    Kathy Rae’s words speak for themselves about as well as well as Ja Rule’s lyrics also do, I guess.

  • Three problems with Ms. Reed’s response —
    1) She is a news person, NOT a commentator. We do not CARE what she thinks or feels or how she responds to something someone says, and responding on air entirely confuses her role, and indicates she does not understand it.
    2) By responding to an unknown viewer, Reed gives greatly unwarranted currency to a viewpoint likely representative of few other than the writer.
    3) By posting the author’s name, without checking it or confirming that the author was who she represented herself to be, instead of posing as another person who did not share such racist views, Ms. Reed was exceedingly irresponsible.

    I do not CARE what Ms. Reed’s views were on the matter. I do not watch the news to hear her views on anything.

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