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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.

A Prosthetic Nose for Time Mag's Aisha Won't Beautify Our Wars

A Prosthetic Nose for Time Mag’s Aisha Won’t Beautify Our Wars

by Kai Wright on October 13 2010, 1:41PM

The Afghan teen is a symbol for many things, but war-making isn’t one of them.

Topics: Kai Wright, Media

Your (Mostly) Daily Dose of Love

Your (Mostly) Daily Dose of Love

by Kai Wright on October 12 2010, 6:00PM

Today’s submission comes from reader greenelent.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Kai Wright

Another LGBT Youth Suicide--and the Love That Can Stop This

Another LGBT Youth Suicide—and the Love That Can Stop This

by Kai Wright on October 12 2010, 1:30PM

Standing up for love is a good place to start.

Topics: Bullying, Kai Wright, LGBT Youth

Help ColorLines Celebrate Love

Help ColorLines Celebrate Love

by Kai Wright on October 11 2010, 5:47PM

Send in your suggestions, and we’ll give you ours.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Kai Wright

More on Oprah and the Truth About

More on Oprah and the Truth About “Down Low” Black Men

by Kai Wright on October 11 2010, 11:38AM

An HIV doc says enough already with shows on this myth, Oprah.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright, Oprah

Our Love is Newsworthy, Too

Our Love is Newsworthy, Too

by Kai Wright on October 11 2010, 9:32AM

After weeks of awful gay-news headlines, it’s time to celebrate our personal victories, too.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright, LGBT Youth

Adding Up the Jobs Data: Washington Is Making Things Worse!

Adding Up the Jobs Data: Washington Is Making Things Worse!

by Kai Wright on October 8 2010, 1:03PM

The latest indignity: Tens of thousands of government jobs cut as inequality continues to grow.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

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The “Incoherent Bigotry” of Would-Be Senator Sharron Angle

by Kai Wright on October 8 2010, 9:31AM

Now she says Muslim Americans have passed “Sharia law” in Michigan.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Kai Wright, Politics

Sharron Angle: Reid Likes Thuggish

Sharron Angle: Reid Likes Thuggish “Aliens” Better Than “You”

by Kai Wright on October 7 2010, 4:36PM

Campaigning doesn’t get much uglier than this.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Kai Wright, Politics

Melissa Harris-Lacewell on the Media's Post-Race Euphoria

Melissa Harris-Lacewell on the Media’s Post-Race Euphoria

by Kai Wright on October 6 2010, 1:28PM

Watch the acclaimed scholar’s keynote address.

Topics: Facing Race 2010

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A “Deeply Satisfying” Reaction to Our Facing Race Conference

by Kai Wright on October 1 2010, 3:15PM

A reader gives our publisher’s conference props for great dialogue and training.

Topics: Facing Race 2010, Kai Wright

The Real Charge Against Eddie Long: He Defiles Love

The Real Charge Against Eddie Long: He Defiles Love

by Kai Wright on September 29 2010, 12:04PM

Jamal Parris’ interview reveals the crime at the core of the case—and of Long’s ministry.

Topics: Eddie Long, Kai Wright

Bishop Eddie Long and the Lessons of Self-Hate

Bishop Eddie Long and the Lessons of Self-Hate

by Kai Wright on September 24 2010, 10:47AM

The megachurch pastor’s sex scandal tells us a great deal about the relationship between internal and external hate.

Topics: Eddie Long, Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright

GOP's Loony

GOP’s Loony “Pledge” Remains the Same: To Be Destructive

by Kai Wright on September 23 2010, 12:35PM

After two years of naked obstruction, the GOP says it’s now got ideas. Not really.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Kai Wright, Politics

Introducing Michelle Chen’s New Global Justice Column

by Kai Wright on September 22 2010, 9:58AM

Building an international perspective into the ColorLines mix.

Topics: Kai Wright

Follow the Facing Race 2010 Discussion Online This Week

Follow the Facing Race 2010 Discussion Online This Week

by Kai Wright on September 21 2010, 12:42PM

The ColorLines team is headed to Chicago—join us, online or off.

Topics: Facing Race 2010, Kai Wright

The Poverty Nation Washington Built

The Poverty Nation Washington Built

by Kai Wright on September 17 2010, 2:20PM

Record-setting 2009 poverty numbers are the fruits of decades worth of anti-government, pro-corporate politics.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

An Invite from Rinku Sen to Join Us in Chicago Next Week

An Invite from Rinku Sen to Join Us in Chicago Next Week

by Kai Wright on September 16 2010, 4:37PM

And get updates from Facing Race 2010 on ColorLines.

Topics: Kai Wright

Fostering Paranoia Among Neighbors

Fostering Paranoia Among Neighbors

by Kai Wright on September 16 2010, 9:15AM

A ColorLines reader offers a telling anecdote about our times.

Topics: Kai Wright

How to Build, and Support, Movement Leadership

How to Build, and Support, Movement Leadership

by Kai Wright on September 15 2010, 3:12PM

ARC’s Terry Keleher on how nonprofits can create racial justice trailblazers.

Topics: Kai Wright