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Kai Wright

Kai Wright
Kai Wright Editor-at-Large
New York, NY

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.

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

Thank You Don Cornelius, for Your Love, Peace and Blackness

Thank You Don Cornelius, for Your Love, Peace and Blackness

by Kai Wright on February 1 2012, 6:18PM

Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius is dead at age 75. Go out and celebrate the love of blackness he flaunted for the world.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Obama's Big Shift: Let's Truly Investigate the Banking Sector's Crimes

Obama’s Big Shift: Let’s Truly Investigate the Banking Sector’s Crimes

by Kai Wright on January 25 2012, 10:21AM

President Obama said he’s eager to debate equal opportunity in last night’s State of the Union. But he also offered a huge policy change he’s avoided for four years: investigate the banks’ housing boom crimes.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Why the GOP's Spectacular Collapse Isn't Good for Social Justice

Why the GOP’s Spectacular Collapse Isn’t Good for Social Justice

by Kai Wright on January 10 2012, 10:41AM

Elections are for incumbents all about accountability for the choices they’ve made. And the Obama camp desperately needs a reality check with the reformist voters who bought into it’s message of change four years ago.

Topics: GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

What's Ahead in 2012? Colorlines.com Writers Weigh in on the New Year

What’s Ahead in 2012? Colorlines.com Writers Weigh in on the New Year

by Kai Wright on December 23 2011, 10:03AM

It’s been quite a year, and we conclude it today at Colorlines.com. From our family to yours, we’re wishing you all health, happiness and love!

Topics: /NOW

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a 'Big Butt'

Republican Congressman Says Michelle Obama Has a ‘Big Butt’

by Kai Wright on December 22 2011, 1:55PM

Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner told a church gathering that Michelle Obama’s butt is too big, so she has no right leading an anti-obesity campaign. Seriousy.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We're Screwed

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We’re Screwed

by Kai Wright on December 21 2011, 10:00AM

We have organized society around a misguided belief in unfettered growth and unrestrained capitalism. The question of 2012 must be how we begin building a society based on something different.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Economy, Kai Wright

Condi Rice As the GOP’s Vice Presidential Pick? Hey, It Could Happen

by Kai Wright on December 20 2011, 11:55AM

Rumors, rumors. The election’s coming, so might as well start now playing the what-if game.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Ron Paul Takes Lead Among Iowa GOP, Where Voters Party Like It's 1964

Ron Paul Takes Lead Among Iowa GOP, Where Voters Party Like It’s 1964

by Kai Wright on December 19 2011, 10:16AM

The Texas libertarian is leading a new poll of Iowa Republicans, stealing the scene from Newt Gingrich. Among Paul’s greatest hits: Bragging that he’d have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

The News Never Slows Down, But Sometimes We Must

by Kai Wright on December 19 2011, 9:47AM

Colorlines.com is slowing down for the holidays—and getting ready for a big year in 2012. This week: Rinku Sen, Akiba Solomon and other Colorlines writers discuss what to expect in the year ahead.

Topics: /NOW

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

by Kai Wright on December 16 2011, 10:20AM

The poverty in which millions of people of color live is not accidental. It’s the result of decades of political choices that first created ghettos and then left them prey to a growing industry that profits from their existence. The Bronx offers a uniquely clear example.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Investigative Journalism Matters--And So Do You!

Investigative Journalism Matters—And So Do You!

by Kai Wright on December 8 2011, 11:36AM

We need your help to keep putting reporters on the racial justice beat. Please donate to support Colorlines.com’s investigative journalism today. The more you give, the more we can dig up!

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