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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.

Are Lawmakers Listening? The Consumer Watchdog Vote Will Tell

Are Lawmakers Listening? The Consumer Watchdog Vote Will Tell

by Kai Wright on October 6 2011, 3:20PM

There’s a quite specific way our representatives can show if they’re listening to the growing movement: get the consumer watchdog fully up and running. And there will be many, many fights to follow.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy, Kai Wright

Here's to Occupying Wall Street! (If Only That Were Actually Happening)

Here’s to Occupying Wall Street! (If Only That Were Actually Happening)

by Kai Wright on October 3 2011, 10:05AM

The Occupy Wall Street movement is building steam as protestors battle with NYPD over the right to peaceful assembly. That’s great, but the crisis at hand—crippling economic inequity—is once again lost in the din.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy, Kai Wright

Homeowners to Banks: Clean Up the Mess You Left in Our Neighborhood Photo

Homeowners to Banks: Clean Up the Mess You Left in Our Neighborhood

by Kai Wright, Sita Bhaumik on September 29 2011, 10:02AM

Amid all the deficit and campaign talk, it’s easy to forget the foreclosure crisis continues to destroy neighborhoods. Community organizers in East Oakland got fed up and delivered the dirty problem to its source.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy, Kai Wright

It's President Obama Who Needs to 'Stop Complaining' and Get to Work

It’s President Obama Who Needs to ‘Stop Complaining’ and Get to Work

by Kai Wright on September 28 2011, 11:51AM

Obama ruffled feathers with a speech telling black leaders to take off their “bedroom slippers” and join the battle for his jobs bill. Funny thing is, that’s just what they were trying to tell him.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Politics

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis

by Kai Wright, Jamilah King on September 21 2011, 11:13PM

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright, Troy Davis

Key Question of 2012: Do You Represent the People or the Banks?

Key Question of 2012: Do You Represent the People or the Banks?

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.

Topics: Debt Deal, Economy, Kai Wright

Stocks Are Down! Obama's Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

Stocks Are Down! Obama’s Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

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.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

HIV Epidemic Growing Fastest Among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

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.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Health, Kai Wright

James Baldwin As My Guide in the Messy Work of Revolutionary Love

James Baldwin As My Guide in the Messy Work of Revolutionary Love

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.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Tea Party Says, Yes, We Can! (Then Actually Changes Stuff)

The Tea Party Says, Yes, We Can! (Then Actually Changes Stuff)

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.

Topics: Debt Deal, Kai Wright, Politics

The Racial Wealth Gap's Larger Than Ever. Here's How It Will Destroy Us

The Racial Wealth Gap’s Larger Than Ever. Here’s How It Will Destroy Us

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.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Wealth Gap

It's Hot, Like Stupid Beef Hot. Radio Raheem, Tell Us How To Deal!

It’s Hot, Like Stupid Beef Hot. Radio Raheem, Tell Us How To Deal!

by Kai Wright on July 22 2011, 12:52PM

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this “Do the Right Thing” moment.

Topics: Kai Wright

It's Time to Lift the Debt Burden Wall Street Loaded Onto Our Backs

It’s Time to Lift the Debt Burden Wall Street Loaded Onto Our Backs

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.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Kai Wright

What Obama's Elizabeth Warren Retreat Says About His Power Problem

What Obama’s Elizabeth Warren Retreat Says About His Power Problem

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.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

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?

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

How To Celebrate the Fourth of July: Read Frederick Douglass

How To Celebrate the Fourth of July: Read Frederick Douglass

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.

Topics: History, July 4th, Kai Wright

Coming Out to My Dad, on NPR

Coming Out to My Dad, on NPR

by Kai Wright on June 23 2011, 1:18PM

It’s all about living “the honest life,” as my father puts it.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright, LGBT Pride 2011

Take the Colorlines.com Reader Survey--and Get Cool Free Stuff!

Take the Colorlines.com Reader Survey—and Get Cool Free Stuff!

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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Donate $10 and Help Me Edit Anti-Immigrant Slurs Out of News Media

Donate $10 and Help Me Edit Anti-Immigrant Slurs Out of News Media

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.

Topics: Drop the I-Word, Kai Wright

How the Next U.S. Economy Is Already Failing

How the Next U.S. Economy Is Already Failing

by Kai Wright on June 8 2011, 10:00AM

The future that today’s young students and workers hope to build remains trapped by the inequities of yesterday and today.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright