Kai Wright

Kai Wright
Kai Wright Editorial Director
New York, NY

Kai Wright is editorial director of 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

A Fragile Union

A Fragile Union

by Kai Wright on March 2 2009, 12:00PM

Why racial justice matters in the fight for gay marriage.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Prop 8

Risking it All to Find Safety

by Kai Wright on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

Black and brown queer youth are desperately seeking space to love—and be loved. They’ll do whatever is necessary to find it.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

My High School Sex Life

by Kai Wright on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

One teenager talks about getting it on, turning it off and charting her own course through a sexual coming-of-age.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Reggie Walton

by Kai Wright on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

The federal judge who dropped the hammer on Lewis “Scooter” Libby explains his crusade against crack sentencing laws.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black People Being “Killed By the Cops”

by Kai Wright on April 29 2008, 9:18AM

Originally published on If They Are So Scared, How Come We’re The Dead Ones? By Kai Wright The cops in the Sean Bell case walked because the judge said it was reasonable for them to be scared of…


Electioneering Race and Identity Politics

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…


Black Men’s Voices

by Kai Wright on January 7 2008, 12:00PM

A collection of stories breaks new ground, but still falls short.


Twenty Years Later: James Baldwin’s America Hasn’t Changed

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…


SCHIP Politics Punish Children of Color

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…

Topics: Health

Thousands Like “Jena Six” Seen As Superpredators

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

The “Colorblind” Attack on Your Health

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.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Schools & Youth

Rich Country, Poor Healthcare

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….

Topics: Politics

Race and Ratings - Survivor: Cook Islands

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…


Super Infector

Super Infector

by Kai Wright on December 21 2005, 12:00PM

With the AIDS epidemic larger —and blacker —than ever, health officials and community activists go after those who test positive.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, Health