Reed, an evening anchor on local station CBS 46, had been discussing the racial dynamics of Atlanta’s recent mayoral race between Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is black, and challenger Mary Norwood, who would be the first white mayor of Atlanta in nearly 40 years.
The campaign has sparked intense debates about race and racism, including on CBS 46, which prompted a local woman to lash out at Reed in an email.
“You need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight,” wrote Katy Rae, a CBS 46 viewer. “I didn’t say that white people can’t talk about race. Quite contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It’s one that we’re having tonight because it’s one many of you are talking about at home. It’s one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor’s race.”
Then, she addressed the slur:
When arguing with someone, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint, so I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. This Atlanta Mayoral race has people fiesty tonight.
Taking their cues from the White House, which relentlessly engages in race-baiting rhetoric, Trump followers seem to revel in the chance to lash out and demean people based on race and ethnicity.Join The Conversation