Tonight, we mourn not only Davis’s life, but all of those lives that have been destroyed and taken in the name of a criminally unjust system of law and order.
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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 September 20 2011, 10:43AM
The president vowed to make the rich “pay their fair share.” Let’s hope he’s serious. But either way, a new campaign launches today to make sure both parties must care as much about homeowners and workers as they do bankers in 2012.
by Kai Wright on September 2 2011, 12:53PM
Another dismal monthly jobs report and another round of all the wrong questions and concerns. Meanwhile, millions of people continue fighting for survival.
by Kai Wright on August 4 2011, 12:30PM
An alarming study reveals HIV infections grew by nearly 50 percent among black gay and bisexual men in recent years. There are many complex causes for the trend, but there are also some clear solutions if we commit to them.
by Kai Wright on August 2 2011, 6:39PM
Baldwin’s characters struggle to understand how to love themselves and others within the toxic milieu of American racism. And millions of people like me have turned to those stories for insight in our own struggles.
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by Kai Wright on August 1 2011, 11:21AM
The most consequential change to our political landscape in 2008 may not have been Obama’s election, but rather the right’s response to it.
by Kai Wright on July 26 2011, 10:58AM
The wealth gap is now larger than it’s been since the Census Bureau began counting it. The foreclosure crisis is part of the reason, but its more symptom than cause for the building catastrophe in the U.S. economy.
by Kai Wright on July 22 2011, 12:52PM
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this “Do the Right Thing” moment.
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by Kai Wright on July 21 2011, 9:30AM
Banks have spent tens of millions trying to protect a predatory financial industry from accountability. There could be no more essential fight than making sure they don’t get their money’s worth.
by Kai Wright on July 19 2011, 11:47AM
Warren’s had the two most important qualifications for the consumer protection job: power and influence. But the president likes to give away both, and so banks got their way, again.
by Kai Wright on July 11 2011, 9:53AM
How many times are we going to act shocked upon learning that the recessionary goblin isn’t actually dead?
by Kai Wright on July 1 2011, 10:57AM
Fire up the grill, lay in the sun, dance to music and drink wine, yes. But start the weekend with a sober take on the mythology of America’s liberation story.
by Kai Wright on June 16 2011, 12:05PM
People keep asking who Colorlines readers are. You tell us! We’ll be able to build our community with real information, and you’ll get a free gift from comedian Kamau Bell.
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by Kai Wright on June 10 2011, 10:11AM
I don’t use the word “illegal” because, as a journalist and a writer, I know my words matter. Help me convince my colleagues not to use it either.
by Kai Wright on May 2 2011, 10:54AM
If we could build a just society rather than spending billions on violence, then we could be triumphant.
by Kai Wright on April 26 2011, 10:57AM
Donald Trump is just a preview of what’s to come.
by Kai Wright on April 21 2011, 11:15AM
The Mississippi governor will be among the most serious 2012 GOP contenders, and that’s troubling.
by Kai Wright on April 20 2011, 3:58PM
If you’re 18-30, speak up and win a shot to give a keynote speech at Campus Progress’ national conference in July.
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