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Kai Wright

Kai Wright
Kai Wright Editor-at-Large
New York, NY

Kai Wright is editor-at-large of Colorlines and a reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. His investigative reporting on economic inequity has closely followed by the housing and jobs crises. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and in other broadcast media, and is reporting a series on health care reform for WNYC News.

Kai is author, most recently, of "Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York." He is also the author of two books of African-American history: "The African American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories," and "Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces," which explores America's struggle with race as it has been dramatized by the need to staff a viable military.

You can follow Kai on Twitter at @kai_wright and on Instagram. Check out Kai's media appearances here.

Eric Holder's Civil Rights Surge

Eric Holder’s Civil Rights Surge

by Kai Wright on August 20 2014, 1:44PM

Holder came into office with the explicit mission of restoring the Civil Rights Division. In Ferguson, he seems eager to show his progress.

Topics: Ferguson, /NOW, Politics

Out of Prison, but Not Free [Video] Play

Out of Prison, but Not Free [Video]

by Kai Wright on July 31 2014, 7:00AM

Men leaving Louisiana’s infamous Angola penitentiary describe the emotional and psychological hurdles they face after years of incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Life Cycles of Inequity

'I Can't Be Boxed In' [Video] Play

‘I Can’t Be Boxed In’ [Video]

by Kai Wright on June 26 2014, 7:00AM

Colorlines speaks with black men in Philadelphia who are weighing the balance between what they can achieve through hard work and ambition, and what obstacles they can’t hurdle on their own.

Topics: Economy, Life Cycles of Inequity

Why Young, Black Men Can't Work

Why Young, Black Men Can’t Work

by Kai Wright on June 25 2014, 7:00AM

It’s not just criminal records. The job market for recent high school graduates is shaped profoundly by race and gender.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Life Cycles of Inequity

Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men Play

Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men

by Kai Wright on May 12 2014, 7:00AM

A monthly series exploring the ways in which injustice impacts every stage of black male life.

Topics: Life Cycles of Inequity

The Known Unknowns of Obamacare's Racial Justice Impact

The Known Unknowns of Obamacare’s Racial Justice Impact

by Kai Wright on March 31 2014, 10:12AM

There are at least three crucial, unanswered questions as the first enrollment period ends.

Topics: Health, /NOW, Obamacare

What We've Learned From Obamacare

What We’ve Learned From Obamacare

by Kai Wright on March 26 2014, 7:00AM

The grand experiment of making a market-driven system accessible to the working poor is off to a bad start.

Topics: Economy, Health, Obamacare

Help Colorlines Stay on the Beat in 2014!

Help Colorlines Stay on the Beat in 2014!

by Kai Wright on December 20 2013, 11:37AM

We’ve got huge plans for 2014—and they ain’t cheap. Will you help our reporters and writers make racial justice big news?

Topics: /NOW

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

by Kai Wright on November 7 2013, 10:51AM

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records—a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Jobs Crisis

WATCH: The Race Forward Story Play

WATCH: The Race Forward Story

by Kai Wright on November 6 2013, 7:31AM

Our publisher has a new name, but the mission’s the same: Advancing racial justice.

Topics: /NOW, Race Forward

The Sounds of Freedom [AUDIO]

The Sounds of Freedom [AUDIO]

by Kai Wright on August 24 2013, 9:35AM

An audio collage from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Topics: History, March on Washington

[Postponed] Live Chat: Moving Toward the Dream

[Postponed] Live Chat: Moving Toward the Dream

by Kai Wright on August 21 2013, 12:27PM

News editor Aura Bogado talks with organizers from the Dream Defenders, Moral Mondays and Dream 9 about a new era of direct action.

Topics: March on Washington, Politics

We Really Want to Hear From You, So We Got Bigger Ears

We Really Want to Hear From You, So We Got Bigger Ears

by Kai Wright on July 16 2013, 5:00PM

Welcome our new team member, who will spend the next 12 months talking with all of you.

Topics: Kai Wright, /NOW

We Say Goodbye, and We Say Hello

by Kai Wright on June 14 2013, 12:55PM

It’s a big week for the Colorlines team, as we welcome new voices and send off old friends.

Topics: Kai Wright, /NOW

Preying on Black Ambition

Preying on Black Ambition

by Kai Wright on June 12 2013, 9:02AM

From subprime mortgages to subprime credit cards and now subprime degrees, a small number of people continue to get rich off of black Americans’ aspirations.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

by Kai Wright on June 7 2013, 10:16AM

The rationale behind the administration’s secret spying program has been developed and honed to surviell and harass communities of color for years.

Topics: Kai Wright, National Security, Spying

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

by Kai Wright on May 21 2013, 8:48AM

Once again, the president uses his pulpit to browbeat black people for the failings he sees.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

Did Somebody Say Malware? Bring on the Colorlines Community!

Did Somebody Say Malware? Bring on the Colorlines Community!

by Kai Wright on March 5 2013, 10:43AM

We were attacked by the evil demons of the Web. But with our community’s help, we have slain them. Take that, demons!

Topics: Kai Wright, /NOW

Welcome Akiba Solomon to Colorlines' Leadership!

Welcome Akiba Solomon to Colorlines’ Leadership!

by Kai Wright on February 6 2013, 12:04PM

Our community’s steadily growing at Colorlines, so our team is as well.

Topics: Kai Wright, /NOW

Full Text of President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Full Text of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

by Kai Wright on January 21 2013, 2:30PM

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” the president concluded. “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

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