Since taking office, President Trump's rhetoric gives some people the newly found confidence to publicly say things that they otherwise may have kept private, like CBS viewer Kathy Rae. You are what's wrong with the world.
Reed started at KMOV in 2012 and served as an anchor until 2015, when she moved to accept a job at sister station WGCL in Atlanta. "It's OK for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really?" "That said, if you're going to write me using that word, I don't think it's appropriate for me to censor it for viewers. I don't. I could clapback and say a few things to you, but instead I'll let your words speak for themselves".
The anchor said the email "mischaracterized" her views on race, and that "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have".
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.
With the utmost professionalism, Reed debunked the original claim that she and her team, whose races range from white and Black, were somehow race-baiting.
Some praised her "classy" response, while others seized the opportunity to turn her reaction into a meme, which acknowledges the issues men and women of color deal with every day in a world full of Kathy Rae's.
"We do try to keep it real here", she added.
Reed told Atlanta Black Star it was timing that led her to respond the way she did - right then and there during election night.
Reed previously worked at Cleveland 19 for 10 years until her contract was not renewed in 2012. "It's not the first, second, third, or hundredth - voicemails, emails - not necessarily to my face [but] over the phone", she says.
Within minutes of receiving the racist note, Reed read Rae's email live on-air. You can see Reed's entire reply in the video below. "To me, it was an easy decision".