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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.
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.
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
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….
by Kai Wright on May 18 2010, 10:46AM
The Supreme Court reined in juvenile imprisonment yesterday with a ruling that restricts states from locking up minors for life without parole for non-homicide convictions. The ruling expands on a 2005 decision that barred states from executing minors. CNN quotes…
Topics: Criminal Justice
by Kai Wright on May 17 2010, 3:22PM
The wealth gap between Blacks and Whites has grown by fourfold over the course of Generation X’s lifetime, exploding to $95,000, a study released today found. And the debt burden among African American families has nearly doubled. The study comes…
by Kai Wright on May 14 2010, 1:22PM
When a big, relevant story breaks, it’s easy to get lost in the daily torrent of information. That’s no doubt been true for many people as we all try to make sense of BP’s Gulf Coast oil spill, which NPR…
by Kai Wright on May 11 2010, 11:18AM
President Obama’s strategy for combatting drug use and trade is out, and it’s getting a welcome, if cautious, reception from reformers. As AlterNet’s Phillip Smith wrote yesterday, “While still heavy on the law enforcement side, the first Obama national drug…
by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 2:16PM
A freelance photographer’s video of Seattle police kicking a suspect in the head while hurling racial slurs surfaced last week, and is quickly drawing national attention. The video, shot on April 17, is certainly shocking. A group of officers from…
by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 12:02PM
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s going all-in on making her name synonymous with SB 1070. This weekend, she shot back at President Obama’s opposition to the law with a new campaign ad. The ad’s a pretty bleak affair. It first rattles…
by Kai Wright on May 10 2010, 10:41AM
President Obama pointed out this morning that Solicitor General Elena Kagan, his pick to replace Justice Stevens, was the first woman to lead Harvard Law School. He noted Kagan’s reputation for broadening Harvard’s faculty to include more conservative viewpoints, to…
Topics: Elena Kagan
by Kai Wright on May 3 2010, 10:41AM
Last week, Senate Democrats managed to get their financial reform bill past the Republican blockade. Floor debate on the bill, which would create a consumer protection bureau inside the Federal Reserve, will move forward this week, and the Senate’s…
by Kai Wright on April 27 2010, 4:00PM
Sen. Carl Levin’s series of hearings on Wall Street’s collapse reached their dramatic climax today, as Goldman Sachs executives sat in for their roles as national punching bags. Everybody from Levin to Sen. John McCain got in on the…
by Kai Wright on April 26 2010, 9:10AM
The financial reform fight takes center stage on the Senate floor tonight, and likely all week. It is, of course, a dense, complicated and frankly boring bit of public policy. It’s also deeply consequential for communities of color everywhere. We’ll…
by Kai Wright on April 23 2010, 11:43AM
President Obama chimed in this morning on Arizona’s pending new law requiring cops to check immigration status of people suspected to be undocumented. In a Rose Garden ceremony for to naturalize 24 service members, he said Congress’ failure to act…
by Kai Wright on April 21 2010, 10:09AM
After days of blistering criticism from Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, both the White House and Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership pushed back yesterday on immigration reform, insisting the process is moving along. White House spokesperson Bill Burton told Roll Call that…