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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 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.

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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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Spike Lee on Katrina Anniversary and the Oil Spill

Spike Lee on Katrina Anniversary and the Oil Spill

by Kai Wright on August 23 2010, 10:54AM

The filmmaker talks to the Root about his new HBO documentary.

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McConnell on Obama's Christianity:

McConnell on Obama’s Christianity: “I Take Him at His Word”

by Kai Wright on August 23 2010, 10:07AM

GOP leadership continues to show just how irresponsible it’s willing to be.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

Is Antoine Dodson a Legit Hero or Not?

Is Antoine Dodson a Legit Hero or Not?

by Kai Wright on August 20 2010, 3:46PM

ColorLines contributor Juell Stewart chimes in with a yes vote. Yours?

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Rinku Sen on Fox News: Mosque Mania's Really About National Identity

Rinku Sen on Fox News: Mosque Mania’s Really About National Identity

by Kai Wright on August 20 2010, 11:53AM

Colorlines’ publisher spars with the Fox News folks on the Cordoba House.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Kai Wright, Mosque Mania

Al Franken Shows Dems How to Stand Up for Values

Al Franken Shows Dems How to Stand Up for Values

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 5:30PM

Calls Cordoba House backlash “disgraceful” and a GOP “wedge issue.”

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Less Than Half of Black Male Students Are Graduating

Less Than Half of Black Male Students Are Graduating

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 4:47PM

Schott Foundation breaks down data state by state and points to solutions.

Topics: Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

For the Record: Obama is Christian

For the Record: Obama is Christian

by Kai Wright on August 19 2010, 1:20PM

Since the majority of people who think he’s not learned it from media.

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