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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.

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012 Interactive

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012

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.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Romney: Israeli 'Culture' Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

Romney: Israeli ‘Culture’ Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

by Kai Wright on July 30 2012, 10:09AM

Palestinians ask the obvious question about the presumptive GOP nominee’s analysis of poverty in the Middle East: “Isn’t this racism?”

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Kai Wright, /NOW

Progress on Condom Use Among Youth Slows, Drops Among Black Teens

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.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright, /NOW

AARP: Black and Latino Seniors Losing Homes at Twice the Rate of Peers

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.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

What’s in Your Wallet? Capitol One’s Predatory Lending, Apparently

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.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

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.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

What Today's Ruling Means for the Health of People of Color

What Today’s Ruling Means for the Health of People of Color

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.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright, /NOW

Supreme Court’s Arizona Ruling Hurts the Economy, as Well as People

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.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Wanna Help Make New York City a Just Town? Here's How

Wanna Help Make New York City a Just Town? Here’s How

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.

Topics: Kai Wright

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

Is ALEC on the Ropes? As Companies Flee, Critics Target IRS

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.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending--a Knot That's Finally Unraveling

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending—a Knot That’s Finally Unraveling

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?

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off of House Floor for Wearing a Hoodie

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off of House Floor for Wearing a Hoodie

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.

Topics: /NOW

You Got a Problem? Well, Now You Do

You Got a Problem? Well, Now You Do

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright, Trayvon Martin

White House Emails Detail Its Role in Pushing Out Shirley Sherrod

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 4:34PM

Speaking of Andrew Breitbart smearing important black people, Associated Press reports today on 2,000 pages of Obama administration emails over the Shirley Sherrod debacle. According to AP, the emails show the White House engaged significantly with Agriculture Department officials’ discussion…

Topics: Media, /NOW, Politics

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 10:47AM

The sudden, sharp drop in black unemployment that set economists buzzing in January appears to have in fact been so much statistical noise. The February 2012 job numbers are out and black unemployment went right back up, to 14.1 percent…

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, /NOW

Who Is Derrick Bell?

Who Is Derrick Bell?

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 10:19AM

As rightwing media attempts to smear one of the biggest names in the study of race in America, Colorlines.com invites his students, mentees and those touched by him to chime in and define Bell’s legacy—before Fox News re-defiines it.

Topics: Derrick Bell, Media

There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Andrew Breitbart

There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Andrew Breitbart

by Kai Wright on March 8 2012, 11:31AM

The rightwing hitman’s post-humous attack on President Obama has proven a dud. So his cronies are trying to smear the late, revered race studies scholar Derrick Bell instead.

Topics: Derrick Bell, Kai Wright, Media

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

by Kai Wright on March 2 2012, 10:12AM

It’s no great insight to point out it’s a tough election year for the Republican Party. But for all the hours of analysis spent sussing out how the GOP arrived in this place, a federal judge in Montana offered this week what is perhaps the most succinct explanation.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

The Street Corner Wisdom of Foreclosure Fraud: It Wasn't Me

The Street Corner Wisdom of Foreclosure Fraud: It Wasn’t Me

by Kai Wright on February 16 2012, 9:18AM

The San Francisco County assessor released an audit suggesting that many more demonstrable crimes were committed during the foreclosure bust than we once thought. That’s not a quirk. It’s rampant lawlessness. And it’s by design.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Remember HIV/AIDS? It's Still Raging in the U.S. Infographic

Remember HIV/AIDS? It’s Still Raging in the U.S.

by Kai Wright, Hatty Lee on February 7 2012, 10:13AM

When times are tough, it’s easy to ignore things like health and wellness. We all know what happens when we do that in our personal lives—it comes back to haunt us. Same’s true as a society, and the U.S. AIDS epidemic is proof of that fact.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright