"You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight", the woman wrote in the e-mail, which Reed posted to her Facebook page and showed on screen for viewers. "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".
Several social media users commended Reed on the way she handled the email.
"It's one we're having tonight because it's one that you are talking about at home", Reed continued, "and it's one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race". It's important to talk about race, she said, adding that she and her colleagues made a decision to have that discussion on air after noting that race had become an issue in the Atlanta mayoral race. "So I won't mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae", Reed said. I get it. On 5 December, 2017, you think it's OK to call this journalist a "n****r".
"I could clap back and say a few things to you". But instead, I will let your works, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves. Police also told the Daily News in 2002 that Reed, then 30, "admitted to us that she was responsible for the harassment and the threats" directed at Taylor.
In the virtual correspondence the writer, identified as Kathy Rae, hurled racist epithets at Reed for discussing race on air during a broadcast about the Atlanta mayoral election. African American Keisha Lance Bottoms won a tight race that was sadly characterized by nasty racial undertones. "And that'll be the last word". "Number One: You mischaracterized what I said". Atlanta has had black mayors since the 1970s. "I don't come down on artists and other people who have co-opted it for what they want to use it", Reed said. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.
"We do try to keep it real here", she added.
Her video has gone viral and has been shared more than 84,000 times in less than 24 hours, with the majority of people applauding Reed's monologue. That said, I really do believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion and we definitely put opposing views on the air all the time at CBS 46.