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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.

Russell K. Frederick's

Russell K. Frederick’s “Black” Love for the People of Bed-Stuy

by Kai Wright on February 7 2011, 6:38PM

Some still call it “Do or Die, Bed-Stuy.” To Frederick, it’s just Love and Live.

Topics: Celebrate Love

One Question on Black AIDS Day: Do We Care Enough To End It?

One Question on Black AIDS Day: Do We Care Enough To End It?

by Kai Wright on February 7 2011, 1:05PM

We’ve known how to stop HIV for a while now.

Topics: HIV/AIDS at 30, Kai Wright

Youth, Joblessness and Revolution in Egypt--and America?

Youth, Joblessness and Revolution in Egypt—and America?

by Kai Wright on February 2 2011, 12:51PM

We’ve got a generation of marginalized and increasingly frustrated youth here, too.

Topics: Economy, Egypt, Kai Wright

In Egypt, Community Building Once Again Proves Its Power

In Egypt, Community Building Once Again Proves Its Power

by Kai Wright on February 1 2011, 12:35PM

Greed and vicious competition are not human nature.

Topics: Egypt, Kai Wright

Introducing Akiba Solomon's Gender Matters

Introducing Akiba Solomon’s Gender Matters

by Kai Wright on February 1 2011, 10:10AM

We’re thrilled to launch a new blog on race and gender.

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South Sudan Votes to Secede--Now What?

South Sudan Votes to Secede—Now What?

by Kai Wright on January 31 2011, 9:30AM

Check out Farid Farid’s Colorlines essay asking just that question, at the voting’s outset.

Topics: Global Affairs, Kai Wright

The Problem With American Exceptionalism

The Problem With American Exceptionalism

by Kai Wright on January 28 2011, 10:13AM

Maya Wiley on GRITtv explains why triumphalism hurts us more than it helps.

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Uganda Gay Kill:

Uganda Gay Kill: “U.S. Evangelicals Must Take Responsibility”

by Kai Wright on January 27 2011, 3:40PM

A prominent LGBT human rights advocate is beaten to death; friends and colleagues say its part of hateful climate U.S. right brought to Uganda.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs, Kai Wright

Stuff the President DIDN'T Say in the State of the Union

Stuff the President DIDN’T Say in the State of the Union

by Kai Wright on January 26 2011, 4:09PM

There are many tough choices coming up, and consumer protection may be the biggest.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, State of the Union

Obama's State of the Union Sets Up Deficit Debate, then Cheerleads

Obama’s State of the Union Sets Up Deficit Debate, then Cheerleads

by Kai Wright on January 25 2011, 9:11PM

Recap the State of the Union with Colorlines.com editor Kai Wright’s live blog of the speech.

Topics: Kai Wright, State of the Union

The State of Our Union Is Weak, But the 2012 Campaign Begins Now

The State of Our Union Is Weak, But the 2012 Campaign Begins Now

by Kai Wright on January 24 2011, 10:36AM

But do we have two years to wait for real jobs investments while elections unfold?

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, State of the Union

MLK in 2011: Tim Wise, Barbara Ransby and Michelle Chen

by Kai Wright on January 17 2011, 12:30PM

Colorlines writers apply King’s ideas to today’s politics.

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Check Out Colorlines’ Julianne Hing at The Atlantic, Too

by Kai Wright on January 11 2011, 10:57AM

Our reporter/blogger extraordinaire is guest blogging for Ta-Nehisi Coates this week.

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The Self-Destruction of Government-vs.-the People Ideology

The Self-Destruction of Government-vs.-the People Ideology

by Kai Wright on January 10 2011, 11:33AM

The violence in Arizona is about more than Sarah Palin’s semantics.

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Jesse Jackson, Jr.: We Should Read the WHOLE Constitution

Jesse Jackson, Jr.: We Should Read the WHOLE Constitution

by Kai Wright on January 7 2011, 12:14PM

Originalists cherry pick the original ideas they want to (publicly) revere.

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How to Teach Race Through Huck Finn, Without Rewriting It

How to Teach Race Through Huck Finn, Without Rewriting It

by Kai Wright on January 7 2011, 11:08AM

Reader Tim Jones-Yelvington offers a course guide.

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House Republicans Stage a Mighty Expensive Opening Scene

House Republicans Stage a Mighty Expensive Opening Scene

by Kai Wright on January 6 2011, 11:38AM

Vanity Fair says their Constitution-reading stunt costs more than a million bucks.

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Why Jim Needs to Remain Huck Finn's

Why Jim Needs to Remain Huck Finn’s “Nigger”

by Kai Wright on January 5 2011, 10:42AM

A well-meaning effort to make Mark Twain’s novel teachable removes the lesson.

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Colorlines' Predictions--and Wild Dreams--for Racial Justice in 2011

Colorlines’ Predictions—and Wild Dreams—for Racial Justice in 2011

by Kai Wright on January 5 2011, 10:05AM

FCC troubles, scandal in the White House, activism on the canvas, and first class tickets from Oprah.

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2010 in Review: Disasters, Deportations and DREAMs Rising

2010 in Review: Disasters, Deportations and DREAMs Rising

by Kai Wright on December 27 2010, 12:07PM

Happy holidays from Colorlines. We’ll ee you in 2011.

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