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Kai Wright

Kai Wright
Kai Wright Editorial Director
New York, NY

Kai Wright is editorial director of Colorlines.com and a reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. His investigative reporting and news analysis appears regularly in The Nation, The Root and The American Prospect, among other publications, and he is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and in other broadcast media. His work explores the politics of sex, race and health. He has closely covered the foreclosure crisis and the ensuing economic collapse.

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, or look for him in his Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn neighborhood. Check out Kai's media appearances here. For more information, check out KaiWright.com.

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

Colorlines Needs Your Help Changing the News

by Kai Wright on December 28 2012, 11:54AM

We strive to both keep up with the fast-moving news cycle and alter its focus. That’s hard work—and it costs a lot of money. We need your help staying on the beat.

Topics: /NOW

Breaking News: Colorlines Believes in Racial Justice (Or, Why the Right's Scared of Us)

Breaking News: Colorlines Believes in Racial Justice (Or, Why the Right’s Scared of Us)

by Kai Wright on December 5 2012, 9:59AM

Our voting rights coverage has prompted some right wing muckraking on our publisher. We’ll save them the effort: We’re proud to be part of a racial justice movement.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

Voter ID Confusion and Tea Party Poll ‘Monitoring’ in Pennsylvania

by Kai Wright on November 6 2012, 3:04PM

Election Protection watchers are hearing lots of reports about conflict over voter ID requirements at Pennsylvania polling sites.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, /NOW

AP: Strong Turnout in New York and New Jersey Despite Sandy’s Chaos

by Kai Wright on November 6 2012, 11:29AM

But some troubling reports emerging about access, particularly in Pennsylvania.

Topics: 2012 Election, /NOW, Politics

Anonymous Funder Pulls 'Voter Fraud' Billboards Rather Than Reveal Itself

Anonymous Funder Pulls ‘Voter Fraud’ Billboards Rather Than Reveal Itself

by Kai Wright on October 22 2012, 11:54AM

After widespread outrage, Clear Channel finally invoked its policy against anonymous political ads.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

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