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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.

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

by Kai Wright on December 4 2014, 7:00AM

Whatever happens to Office Pantaleo, justice will come only when broken windows policing is finally indicted and convicted.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Obama Years, in Two Budget Charts

The Obama Years, in Two Budget Charts

by Kai Wright on November 20 2014, 2:32PM

States have relied largely on the feds to serve their residents and avoid fiscal collapse.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Community of Black Dads [VIDEO] Play

A Community of Black Dads [VIDEO]

by Kai Wright on November 19 2014, 8:47AM

Father Mathis’ life story highlights the centuries-long tradition of communal parenting in black families. It’s one of many cultural tools that are ignored in the handwringing over a crisis of black fatherhood.

Topics: Society

The Real Poison Pill for Obamacare

The Real Poison Pill for Obamacare

by Kai Wright on November 17 2014, 8:26AM

Congressional Republicans vow to undo it. The Supreme Court may gut it. But biggest threat to the law’s success is more quiet attack that unfolded long before it was even written.

Topics: Health

Obamacare's Racial Justice Wins, by the Numbers

Obamacare’s Racial Justice Wins, by the Numbers

by Kai Wright on November 14 2014, 1:43PM

Whatever else is true, the law has already reduced dramatically the number of blacks and Latinos who lack health coverage.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS] Photo

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

by Kai Wright, Gerard Gaskin on September 11 2014, 7:00AM

Mainstream pop culture has spent decades mining the house ballroom scene of black LGBTQ communities for inspiration—without recognition, or pay.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Gender & Sexuality

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

by Kai Wright on August 27 2014, 11:45AM

In TV land, all the violent crime suspects are black. Not so much in real life.

Topics: Media, /NOW

NYPD Accused of Coverup in Death of Japanese Student

NYPD Accused of Coverup in Death of Japanese Student

by Kai Wright on August 21 2014, 10:43AM

The student’s family has obtained video that contradicts police reports of the night an NYPD cruiser struck and killed the young man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

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, Criminal Justice

'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, Economy

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, Economy

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: Society

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 11 2014, 4:22PM

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

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