When Reagan Jackson writes, be prepared for straight talk. She does not hold back when talking about race, black lives, gender, white privilege, police accountability, the kind of hot button issues that make people uncomfortable.
Like it or not, that's a good thing. Reagan lives and works in Seattle's south end, where people of color are struggling to live because of gentrification, rising property taxes along with dual pandemics of racism and now, Covid-19 that has revealed even more the racial disparities in America today. Our nation is being pushed like never before to see its original sin of inequality as the coronavirus devastates communities of color. As you read her stories, her Southend Mixtape, you will see a changing Seattle, a majority white city where people of color are still struggling to have a voice, and where a new kind of multi-media journalist and writer like Reagan Jackson are not just covering a community but living there to fully understand the changes underway. What you will find in Reagan's mixtape is powerful, and at times, humorous writing about everyday herself, life, human foibles, complicated issues, race, justice, injustice, and hope for a better Seattle and world. Keep on kicking ass, Reagan!
- Enrique Cerna, broadcast journalist