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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 January 21 2013, 2:30PM
“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” the president concluded. “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.”
by Kai Wright on December 5 2012, 9:59AM
Our voting rights coverage has prompted some right wing muckraking on our publisher. We’ll save them the effort: We’re proud to be part of a racial justice movement.
by Kai Wright on November 6 2012, 3:04PM
Election Protection watchers are hearing lots of reports about conflict over voter ID requirements at Pennsylvania polling sites.
by Kai Wright on November 6 2012, 11:29AM
But some troubling reports emerging about access, particularly in Pennsylvania.
by Kai Wright on October 22 2012, 11:54AM
After widespread outrage, Clear Channel finally invoked its policy against anonymous political ads.
by Kai Wright on August 23 2012, 10:12AM
Watch—and join—a conversation about the 2012 elections and the growing rightwing attack on the right to vote.
by Kai Wright on July 24 2012, 12:36PM
After a decade of squabbling over sex ed and access to condoms, a federal health study shows a trend line suddenly inching in the wrong direction.
by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 1:28PM
An AARP poll shows 16 percent of borrowers over 50 are underwater, and that black and Latino homeowners are the hardest hit.
by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 12:05PM
Capitol One Bank has deceptively sold needless add-on products to credit card holders who are unemployed or have poor credit, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
by Kai Wright on July 12 2012, 12:38PM
The bank has been a standout bad actor, both during the subprime lending boom and during the recession that it created.
by Kai Wright on June 28 2012, 10:39AM
The conversation about health care reform has been steadfastly colorblind from the start. But to the degree we’re talking about the uninsured, we’re talking in starkly racial terms.
by Kai Wright on June 25 2012, 11:49AM
The longer we go without creating sane immigration policy, the longer we rob the economy of $150 billion in economic activity a year, says Imara Jones.
by Kai Wright on April 25 2012, 8:45AM
Colorlines.com editor Kai Wright will join a remarkable celebration of grassroots organizing on May 8—and he’s asking the Colorines community to help him support that vital work.
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by Kai Wright on April 23 2012, 11:37AM
Another bad day for the secretive conservative group that’s spread pro-corporate and Tea Party-style legislation around the country. Common Cause challenges its tax exempt status.
by Kai Wright on April 18 2012, 9:25AM
Throughout the so-called boom years, poverty was good business for tax preparers and the banks that financed their deceptive “refund anticipation loans.” That shady market is finally collapsing, but have banking regulators learned anything from it?
by Kai Wright on March 28 2012, 12:16PM
The Illinois Democrat sought to make a point about officialdom and its idea of who is and isn’t legitimate. Mississipi Republican Greg Smith, presiding over the session, made the point for him.
by Kai Wright on March 27 2012, 10:11AM
Trayvon Martin was just 17, and maybe he hadn’t yet put together his strategy for dealing with life as the object of America’s nightmares. So he improvised and got killed. But he had it coming; he was born black and male in the U.S.