Detroit filmaker’s “Covid in Color” docuseries shows how virus laid bare racial disparities

“COVID-19 really blew the lid off,” said Royal Jackson.

Metro Detroit writer, producer and director Royal Jackson says the coronavirus has hit the African American community hard, but the damage is more than physical.

Detroit filmmaker Royal Jackson talks about his documentaries Covid in Color

Metro Detroit writer, producer and director Royal Jackson says the coronavirus has hit the African American community hard, but the damage is more than physical.

As it spread, COVID-19 revealed racial differences that were more visible than ever and motivated its Detroit-based documentaries, “Covid in Color”.

“The first part of the documentaries is really a pilot and sets the tone for why things are the way they are and a wider scope of what is happening in the community,” he said.

For the pilot, Jackson uses a belief-based mass vaccination clinic as a backdrop to investigate the suspicion that the African American community has about the vaccine.

However, the series evolves in how the virus affects people of color when it comes to the education system, the economy, insurance, and access to health care.

Jackson speaks to religious leaders, the National Guard – even Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who he believes is making honest efforts with all of the city’s residents.

“I think it can dispel a lot of confusion or guesswork that people in the black community have about how the vaccine is introduced or whether or not there is access,” said Jackson.

He also believes Covid in Color will be released this spring on Detroit’s Impact Network – the largest African-American-owned television network – which focuses on educating a community based on suspicion.

“I believe that Covid has opened the wounds even more and I hope that people will see that we don’t forget the community and want to keep supporting the community, and even more I hope that the community will see the documentary and be inspired lets get up again and fight again. “

The series is targeting spring for airtime, but they are still working on ending the series.

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