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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.

Haley Barbour's Out of the GOP Field, But Racist Campaigning's Here to Stay

Haley Barbour’s Out of the GOP Field, But Racist Campaigning’s Here to Stay

by Kai Wright on April 26 2011, 10:57AM

Donald Trump is just a preview of what’s to come.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

Haley Barbour's Increasingly Toxic Pre-Campaign for President

Haley Barbour’s Increasingly Toxic Pre-Campaign for President

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.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright, Politics

Tell Us About Your Activism and Win a Trip to Speak in D.C.

Tell Us About Your Activism and Win a Trip to Speak in D.C.

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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Six Public Goods That Have Shaped My Life--Or, Why Taxes Are Cool

Six Public Goods That Have Shaped My Life—Or, Why Taxes Are Cool

by Kai Wright on April 15 2011, 9:47AM

My mom’s retirement, the subway, books in Washington and more. Chime in with your own examples of why we should all be happy to contribute to the collective good.

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Obama's Government Spending Pitch: The Great Society Is Patriotic

Obama’s Government Spending Pitch: The Great Society Is Patriotic

by Kai Wright on April 14 2011, 10:43AM

Obama says America’s safety net makes it great. But that’s only been true since the 1960s, and the GOP is at the endgame in a decades-long effort to undue it.

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Colorlines.com Chosen as a Webby Award Honoree

by Kai Wright on April 12 2011, 5:09PM

Not bad for nine months as a digital publication.

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A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

by Kai Wright on April 11 2011, 9:44AM

A growing number of states are trying to regulate high-cost, small-dollar loans. But the industry, with Wall Street’s backing, is moving fast to evade new rules.

Topics: Economy, Wealth Gap

Follow the Media Reform Conference With Colorlines on Twitter

Follow the Media Reform Conference With Colorlines on Twitter

by Kai Wright on April 8 2011, 2:32PM

Jamilah King is tweeting the whole affair. Follow along or come say hello at our panels and exhibit table.

Topics: Kai Wright, NCMR 2011

The Love Lady Day Taught Us--Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

The Love Lady Day Taught Us—Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

by Kai Wright on April 7 2011, 6:17PM

Her “Strange Fruit” brought uncounted numbers of lynched black folks back to life.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Obama Can Save Government by Reviving His 2008 Mastery of Values

Obama Can Save Government by Reviving His 2008 Mastery of Values

by Kai Wright on April 7 2011, 11:54AM

The president once argued the budget was a values-based document. Now, he’s all about process over purpose.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

We're Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

We’re Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

by Kai Wright on April 4 2011, 11:29AM

King lent his celebrity to the black men who labored in Memphis’ refuge because they symbolized a global economy built upon exploiting black and brown people.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

We Have Too Much Love To Accept the I-Word

We Have Too Much Love To Accept the I-Word

by Kai Wright on March 18 2011, 6:37PM

And five brave people who came out of the shadows on Colorlines this week remind us why.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Why Wisconsin GOP Is Keen on Voter IDs

Why Wisconsin GOP Is Keen on Voter IDs

by Kai Wright on March 18 2011, 2:05PM

Jeff Chang points out it’s because youth organizing was so key for Wisc. Dems from 2004 to 2008.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics

Today's Love is for Sex--and Youth Honesty About It

Today’s Love is for Sex—and Youth Honesty About It

by Kai Wright on March 16 2011, 7:13PM

Some Wesleyan University students decided it was time for some truth telling about Planned Parenthood and the federal budget.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Rep. Keith Ellison's Tearful Defense of Muslim American Patriots

Rep. Keith Ellison’s Tearful Defense of Muslim American Patriots

by Kai Wright on March 11 2011, 11:22AM

Here’s video of Ellison’s testimony at Peter King’s Muslim “radicalization” hearing.

Topics: Kai Wright, National Security, Politics

Send Us Your Photos From Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies

Send Us Your Photos From Wisconsin Solidarity Rallies

by Kai Wright on February 26 2011, 10:41AM

Help us show the world there remains a progressive movement for economic justice in America.

Topics: Kai Wright, Wisconsin

Georgia Anti-Abortion Billboards Turn Up in Los Angeles, Too

Georgia Anti-Abortion Billboards Turn Up in Los Angeles, Too

by Kai Wright on February 25 2011, 8:05PM

Eagle-eyed Colorlines reader Quizzical1 sends us a photo.

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Jesse Jackson to Wisconsin Protesters:

Jesse Jackson to Wisconsin Protesters: “When We Fight, We Win”

by Kai Wright on February 19 2011, 1:00PM

Madison is looking more and more like the left’s moment of truth.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Wisconsin

Who Are All These Evil Public Workers? Black People

Who Are All These Evil Public Workers? Black People

by Kai Wright on February 18 2011, 11:53AM

National data suggests black folks’ jobs hang in the balance of the increasingly ugly fight over public workers unions.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Wisconsin

And We're Back! Racial Justice Is So Popular, It Crashed Our Site

And We’re Back! Racial Justice Is So Popular, It Crashed Our Site

by Kai Wright on February 17 2011, 4:50PM

We’ll make sure our infrastructure keeps up with our community’s growth from now on.

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