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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.

NAACP, Tea Party's Racism and Lost Perspective

NAACP, Tea Party’s Racism and Lost Perspective

by Kai Wright on July 16 2010, 5:06PM

Challenging Tea Party racism: Good. Making it the race story: Bad.

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The Line Between Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter

The Line Between Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter

by Kai Wright on July 15 2010, 6:19PM

More clarity on the ruling in Johannes Mesherle’s killing of Oscar Grant.

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The Truth About the

The Truth About the “Down Low” and HIV

by Kai Wright on July 15 2010, 4:46PM

Researchers have in fact directly addressed this question and there’s no proof they are driving the epidemic.

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Stop the Presses: NAACP Says Tea Party's Got Race Issues

Stop the Presses: NAACP Says Tea Party’s Got Race Issues

by Kai Wright on July 14 2010, 11:11AM

Really? There seems no better way for the group to invite debates about its relevance.

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Obama Makes Good on HIV/AIDS Promise

Obama Makes Good on HIV/AIDS Promise

by Kai Wright on July 13 2010, 3:50PM

The White House released the nation’s first coordinated strategy for fighting the domestic epidemic.

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Profiling's Still the Routine for Brooklyn's Black Men

Profiling’s Still the Routine for Brooklyn’s Black Men

by Kai Wright on July 12 2010, 3:14PM

NYT investigation finds 52,000 stop-and-frisks in four years in one neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright

Holder: Race Still in Play for SB 1070 Lawsuit

Holder: Race Still in Play for SB 1070 Lawsuit

by Kai Wright on July 12 2010, 10:13AM

Attorney general tells CBS the feds are ready to sue for profiling, if the law ever gets enforced.

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Don't Call It a Raid

Don’t Call It a Raid

by Kai Wright on July 11 2010, 12:28PM

Another disappointment from the politics of hope: “Silent raids” as immigration reform.

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Making Sense of the Mehserle Verdict

Making Sense of the Mehserle Verdict

by Kai Wright on July 8 2010, 8:48PM

How’d we get to involuntary manslaughter?

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Queer Blogger Roundtable: What's the Future?

Queer Blogger Roundtable: What’s the Future?

by Kai Wright on June 29 2010, 1:04PM

A virtual panel discussion on the community’s future, Obama’s politics, hypocrite pastors, rent boys, Tyler Perry and more.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Kagan Hearings: Thurgood Marshall Goes on Trial

Kagan Hearings: Thurgood Marshall Goes on Trial

by Kai Wright on June 29 2010, 12:02PM

Reports from Elena Kagan’s Senate confirmation hearings.

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Ask ColorLines Editor Questions About LGBT Youth at NYT.com

Ask ColorLines Editor Questions About LGBT Youth at NYT.com

by Kai Wright on June 28 2010, 12:14PM

I’m in the New York Times’ City Room blog all week, answering reader questions about LGBT young people. Chime in!

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ColorLines' Fantasy Supreme Court

ColorLines’ Fantasy Supreme Court

by Kai Wright on June 28 2010, 10:02AM

This spring, we asked our favorite court watchers for a list of people they’d love to see on the court—but who’d never be seriously mentioned as nominees.

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Farm Workers Dare Xenophobes to Take Jobs

Farm Workers Dare Xenophobes to Take Jobs

by Kai Wright on June 26 2010, 10:14AM

But mind the fine print: It’s temp work with barely legal pay, perfectly legal overtime exemption and you’ll probably get heat stroke.

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Help Us Get Started... And Excuse Our Dust

Help Us Get Started… And Excuse Our Dust

by Kai Wright on June 25 2010, 12:28AM

We’re flipping over our new site. I just know you’ll love it, too!

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Will You Be Our Facebook Friend?

Will You Be Our Facebook Friend?

by Kai Wright on June 25 2010, 12:01AM

Join and we’ll help you show off how smart and well-read you are.

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Welcome to the New ColorLines

Welcome to the New ColorLines

by Kai Wright on June 23 2010, 12:00PM

We’re re-making ColorLines as a more dynamic, fast-moving and hard-hitting news source than was ever before possible, by exploiting the opportunities of digital media.

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Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

by Kai Wright on June 4 2010, 4:18PM

Federal officials have been targeting BP’s job sites in Louisiana in a hunt for undocumented workers who are risking their lives to clean up the disastrous oil spill.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Tea Party Fave Nikki Haley Not White Enough, After All

by Kai Wright on June 4 2010, 11:04AM

South Carolina state Sen. Jake Knotts has served up the latest in what will certainly be a rising chorus of racist gaffes as the campaign season heats up. Knotts guffawed on a political talk show that both President Obama and…

Topics: 2010 Elections

The Road Forward for Protecting Communities from Shady Lending

by Kai Wright on May 21 2010, 10:57AM

The Senate passed its financial reform bill yesterday with Sen. Chris Dodd’s consumer protection bureau intact. The contours of the debate over policing the products financial players push on communities didn’t change over the course of the drawn out fight….

Topics: Economy