Veteran Pennsylvania news anchor fired over a racially charged Facebook post said her aim was simply to highlight a problem.

Wendy Bell, a nearly 20-year veteran of Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV, came under fire last month by critics calling her Facebook post about a shooting in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg "tone deaf" and "racist." Now, Bell claims that her critics may have misunderstood her point.

"These are my neighbors, and these are my friends," Bell recently told the Associated Press. "The story is we have a problem: African-Americans being killed by other African-Americans. I know it, and it makes me sick."

She said she didn't get a "fair shake" from the station, which ended its relationship with the anchor in weeks following the incident saying that Bell's comments were "inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards."

In the more than 600-word post, uploaded on March 21, Bell began by writing that she was "hurting" as a result of the shooting, and offered a description of the gunmen.

Read her posting here: