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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.
by Kai Wright on January 16 2008, 12:51PM
by Kai Wright Teams Clinton and Obama agreed this week to move on from their racially loaded fight over the comparative historical import of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon Johnson. But the dustup will hardly be the last in…
by Kai Wright on December 6 2007, 8:50AM
by Kai Wright Author and essayist James Baldwin died 20 years ago on Dec. 1. Baldwin’s biographer and close friend, David Leeming, called his essays “prophetic,” as they articulated an eerily clear-eyed view of America’s peril at the hands of…
by Kai Wright on October 23 2007, 9:29AM
by Kai Wright When President Bush vetoed the bipartisan children’s health bill last week, the administration said he aimed to put “poor children first.” But what the White House has actually done is once again put an ideological agenda ahead…
by Kai Wright on September 26 2007, 10:41AM
by Kai Wright Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish district attorney that is trying the ‘Jena Six’, says in the NYT today:I am bound to enforce the laws of Louisiana as they exist today, not as they might in someone’s vision of…
Topics: Criminal Justice
by Kai Wright on March 1 2007, 12:00PM
For three decades, conservative thinkers have worked mightily to discredit race-based considerations in public policy and cement the belief that America today is, as it should be, a colorblind society.
by Kai Wright on October 11 2006, 5:04PM
by Kai Wright They say money can’t buy happiness, but apparently it can’t buy America quality healthcare either. Two new studies add to a building mound of evidence that our wildly expensive, market-based healthcare system is deathly ill. The U.S….
by Kai Wright on September 19 2006, 12:04PM
by Kai Wright Reality TV is all about making people uncomfortable – whether it’s eating bugs or sharing homes with belligerent strangers, the fun lies in watching others squirm. So with its ratings in the tank, CBS’ “Survivor” has turned…