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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 White House's Leftwing Punching Bag

The White House’s Leftwing Punching Bag

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 5:00PM

Gibbs’ attack was cynical, arrogant or both.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Politics

In Defense of Identity Politics

In Defense of Identity Politics

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 2:04PM

Ann Friedman’s full throated rejoinder to the common-good meme.

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14th Amendment Chatter's Too Much for Even Bush-Era GOP

14th Amendment Chatter’s Too Much for Even Bush-Era GOP

by Kai Wright on August 10 2010, 9:46AM

What’s that tell us about today’s “conservative” leaders?

Topics: 14th Amendment, Kai Wright, Politics

It's Unanimous! GOP Leaders Agree on 14th Amendment Rethink

It’s Unanimous! GOP Leaders Agree on 14th Amendment Rethink

by Kai Wright on August 9 2010, 11:08AM

John Boehner’s worried that Citizenship Clause “does in fact draw more people to our country.”

Topics: 14th Amendment, Immigration, Kai Wright

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The “Missing” Workers of July’s Jobs Report

by Kai Wright on August 9 2010, 10:06AM

More than 300,000 people in their prime working years dropped out of the labor market.

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Judge Walker's Ruling is About Much More Than the Law

Judge Walker’s Ruling is About Much More Than the Law

by Kai Wright on August 6 2010, 9:11AM

And much more than same-sex marriage, too.

Topics: Kai Wright, Prop 8

A Simple, Historic Statement

A Simple, Historic Statement

by Kai Wright on August 4 2010, 5:08PM

My love is not inferior.

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Mayor Mike Gets It Right on Ground Zero Muslim Center

Mayor Mike Gets It Right on Ground Zero Muslim Center

by Kai Wright on August 3 2010, 7:07PM

Says NYC was built and is sustained by immigrants. Here, here.

Topics: Kai Wright, Mosque Mania

Pat Robertson's Zimbabwe Incursion

Pat Robertson’s Zimbabwe Incursion

by Kai Wright on August 3 2010, 1:36PM

The U.S. religious right’s movement to export hate continues growing.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright

GOP to Party Like It's 1868! Says Let's Debate 14th Amendment

GOP to Party Like It’s 1868! Says Let’s Debate 14th Amendment

by Kai Wright on August 2 2010, 10:20PM

As usual, Republicans are ready and willing to debate core values.

Topics: 14th Amendment, Kai Wright, Politics

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Reader “Migzilla” Gets Back to Basics on Racial Profiling

by Kai Wright on August 2 2010, 4:36PM

It’s too easy to skip past core values and into ideological and legalistic debates.

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Michelle Obama: Let's Make Schools Feed Kids Real Food

Michelle Obama: Let’s Make Schools Feed Kids Real Food

by Kai Wright on August 2 2010, 12:43AM

The First Lady plugs the policy-meat on the bones of her childhood obesity campaign.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright

Help Us Make Racial Justice News Easy

Help Us Make Racial Justice News Easy

by Kai Wright on July 29 2010, 10:33AM

Seed the Web with Hatty Lee’s amazing news graphics.

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Arizona--and Arpaio--Already Lead Country in 287(g) Round Ups

Arizona—and Arpaio—Already Lead Country in 287(g) Round Ups

by Kai Wright on July 28 2010, 12:41PM

The notorious sheriff accounts for a quarter of folks local cops have sent to feds.

Topics: Immigration, Kai Wright

An Interactive History of Arizona's March to SB 1070

An Interactive History of Arizona’s March to SB 1070

by Kai Wright on July 27 2010, 12:19PM

The law was neither a sudden development nor an organic one.

Topics: Immigration, Kai Wright

Preach On It, Rachel Maddow

Preach On It, Rachel Maddow

by Kai Wright on July 23 2010, 11:08AM

Her must-watch riff on how Fox creates race-fright media moments.

Topics: Kai Wright, Shirley Sherrod

Obama: Sherrod Debacle is Media's Fault, Not Mine

Obama: Sherrod Debacle is Media’s Fault, Not Mine

by Kai Wright on July 23 2010, 10:04AM

Never mind the fact that it was his administration, not the media who fired her.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics, Shirley Sherrod

What's Really Killing Black People?

What’s Really Killing Black People?

by Kai Wright on July 22 2010, 2:44PM

ColorLines commenter Victor points to a troublingly long list of things.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright

Weighing SB 1070s Constitutionality

Weighing SB 1070s Constitutionality

by Kai Wright on July 22 2010, 12:52PM

DOJ asks for an injunction today. Check out our exploration of the larger legal fight.

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Shirley Sherrod Offers to School Obama on Race

Shirley Sherrod Offers to School Obama on Race

by Kai Wright on July 22 2010, 10:12AM

Sherrod has plenty to say about the administration’s real race challenges.

Topics: Kai Wright, Media, Shirley Sherrod