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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Intersection Between Racial Justice and LGBT Community

The Intersection Between Racial Justice and LGBT Community

by Kai Wright on September 15 2010, 1:20PM

Our publisher, the Applied Research Center, has analyzed the barriers to cooperation and gives recommendations for moving them.

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Video of Obama's Remarks on Muslim Americans

Video of Obama’s Remarks on Muslim Americans

by Kai Wright on September 10 2010, 3:52PM

Obama: “We don’t differentiate between them and us; it’s just us.”

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Obama on Muslim Americans--Not Us Against Them,

Obama on Muslim Americans—Not Us Against Them, “It’s Just Us”

by Kai Wright on September 10 2010, 1:17PM

The president wound up his press conference with a clear, strong statement defending Muslim Americans against weeks of attacks.

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The Sad, But Real Need for Obama's Rebuttal to Quran Burning

The Sad, But Real Need for Obama’s Rebuttal to Quran Burning

by Kai Wright on September 9 2010, 12:19PM

This is how far down the rabbit hole of fear our politics have gone.

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Join Us in Chicago and Help Break the Right's Narrow Race Frame

Join Us in Chicago and Help Break the Right’s Narrow Race Frame

by Kai Wright on August 26 2010, 5:11PM

And the winner of the Facing Race headline writing contest is…

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Glenn Beck's MLK Dream is Perverse, But What's Our Vision?

Glenn Beck’s MLK Dream is Perverse, But What’s Our Vision?

by Kai Wright on August 26 2010, 11:00AM

Beck and the right have been the loudest national voices on race for too long.

Topics: Glenn Beck, History, Kai Wright, Politics

Bloomberg: Anti-Muslim Slashing

Bloomberg: Anti-Muslim Slashing “Counter to Everything NYers Believe”

by Kai Wright on August 25 2010, 1:20PM

Attacker allegedly asked taxi driver if he was Muslim before slashing his face.

Topics: Kai Wright, Mosque Mania

Sherrod to Vilsack: Take This Job and Shelve It

Sherrod to Vilsack: Take This Job and Shelve It

by Kai Wright on August 24 2010, 11:32AM

Says she needs time to recover, but may work with the administration in the future.

Topics: Kai Wright, Shirley Sherrod

Obama's Conflicting Controversy: From Jeremiah Wright to Muslim

Obama’s Conflicting Controversy: From Jeremiah Wright to Muslim

by Kai Wright on August 23 2010, 1:56PM

Commenter Badattituude reminds us of the last time Obama’s faith was a big deal.

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