A Black news anchor in Alabama had the perfect response to a racist email she received.
Amanda DeVoe is a traffic reporter for WKRG News, a channel covering news in Mobile, Alabama, and a part of the Florida panhandle. On Tuesday, she posted a bigoted message she received to her Facebook page.
“Please do not let the Black girl lead the morning news,” the email read. ‘We do not need/Want to see her kind every morning we start our day here in South Alabama.”
The email continued to spew hateful vitriol, including how DeVoe was uneducated, couldn’t spell, and that she had a lisp.
DeVoe addressed the message with expert precision that Black women are known for, offering both shade and grace.
“Nothing like starting off the workweek with a racist email,” she wrote. “I’ve gotten unpleasant and outright nasty emails before, but this by far takes the cake.”
“From incorrectly stating that I have a lisp and uneducated, which are of course completely untrue, to saying they don’t want to see “my kind” to start off their morning, to saying if they wanted to see me on TV, they would move to the majority-black city of Prichard— the racism is appalling and disgusting,” she continued.
DeVoe finished her detail of the email with a graceful closing.
“And of course, they used a pseudonym and a fake email to write in. Well, you’re going to keep seeing this melanin with the box braids EVERY weekday morning from 5-7 am and afternoon at 4 pm. #RepresentationMatters. Be blessed,” she wrote.
The post has been shared more than 1,000 times and is approaching 3,000 views.
Since the post, the anchor has received an outpouring of love and support from fans and coworkers.
On Wednesday, DeVoe took to her Facebook again to thank those in the community for their support since she shared what happened.
“I’m truly blessed to have people of all colors and creeds stand with me,” she wrote. "I do this for the ancestors. I love y’all!"