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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.

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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Our Most Popular Love Posts--Add Your Own!

Our Most Popular Love Posts—Add Your Own!

by Kai Wright on February 14 2011, 10:26AM

We end each day with a dose of love. Today, it’s your turn. Send us your images of people loving—in relationships, in family, in community, in movements. Wherever. Just show us the love!

Topics: Celebrate Love

Backward Mobility and America's Broken Promises

Backward Mobility and America’s Broken Promises

by Kai Wright on February 10 2011, 9:28AM

The recession is wiping out the jobs, homes, and dreams of the black middle class. There’s a lesson for our whole economy in that fact.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Wealth Gap

Michelle Obama's Well-Earned Victory Lap on Nutrition

Michelle Obama’s Well-Earned Victory Lap on Nutrition

by Kai Wright on February 9 2011, 1:12PM

As the first lady celebrates the year anniversary of her anti-obesity campaign, and keeps pressure on industry.

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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