Watch: US TV anchor calls out viewer who emailed vulgar racist slur

A US news anchor has taken the time to confront a viewer live on air who sent in a racially abusive email that included an ugly slur . 

While discussing how shifting racial demographics of Atlanta played a part in the recent Georgia city mayoral election, news anchor Sharon Reed stopped the live programme to discuss the email that had been sent in from viewer Kathy Rae. 

Before the email was shown on screen, Ms Reed said, "a woman by the name of Kathy Rae emailed me. We're going to put that email on the screen and then I'll comment after it.

"I think it's fair for people to see what she wrote.

The email read, "you need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight. It’s o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites. Really??? you are what I call a N****not a black person. you are a racist N****. you are what’s wrong with the world.

"You are a racist N*****. You what's wrong with the world."

Responding to the email, staring directly down the camera, Ms Reed said "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have."

"It's one we’re having tonight because it's one that you are talking about at home and it's one that has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race. That's why, behind the scenes, my colleagues and I — white and black — we decided, hey let's go for it."

"When arguing with somebody you have to be careful not to mischaracterise their viewpoint, so I won't mischaracterise your view either, Kathy Rae. I get it.

"On December 5, 2017, you think it's okay to call this journalist a 'n*****.' 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."