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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.

Is GOP Nodding to Birthers With Birthright Citizenship?

Is GOP Nodding to Birthers With Birthright Citizenship?

by Kai Wright on August 12 2010, 1:20PM

ColorLines commenters add politics, economics to Victor Goode’s constitutional analysis.

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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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