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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.

Flying Pigs, Purple Sky, Happy Negroes in Haley Barbour's Mississippi

Flying Pigs, Purple Sky, Happy Negroes in Haley Barbour’s Mississippi

by Kai Wright on December 21 2010, 1:25PM

The presidential aspirant continues rewriting history.

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ColorLines Slows Its Roll for the Holidays

by Kai Wright on December 20 2010, 11:00AM

But we’re still here with features shedding light on the year in communities of color.

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Rep. Peter King Vows Muslim Witch Hunt in New Congress

Rep. Peter King Vows Muslim Witch Hunt in New Congress

by Kai Wright on December 19 2010, 3:49PM

The race-baiting of campaign season will soon be the business of government.

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“With Love, Magic and Art, We Shall Overcome”

by Kai Wright on December 16 2010, 5:40PM

Artist Estria Miyashiro says that there’s more to graffiti than what first meets the eye.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Census Report: Cities More Integrated Than in 100 Years

Census Report: Cities More Integrated Than in 100 Years

by Kai Wright on December 14 2010, 2:07PM

The Census Bureau starts a massive data dump. We’ll try to put the findings in context.

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Best of Bernie Sanders: The Disease of Greed

Best of Bernie Sanders: The Disease of Greed

by Kai Wright on December 13 2010, 3:32PM

Got a favorite selection from Friday’s #filibernie?

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The Shrinking Black Middle Class Infographic

The Shrinking Black Middle Class

by Kai Wright on December 13 2010, 11:14AM

More data proving just how little mobility there is in America—and just how much it differs by race.

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Today's Love is for Bernie Sanders and His 4,000+ Twitter Followers

Today’s Love is for Bernie Sanders and His 4,000+ Twitter Followers

by Kai Wright on December 10 2010, 6:05PM

For building a moment of national community around economic justice.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Inequality Is Our Economy's Core Problem--That's Why Taxes Matter

Inequality Is Our Economy’s Core Problem—That’s Why Taxes Matter

by Kai Wright on December 9 2010, 4:47PM

Closing the income and wealth gaps isn’t an ideal, as the president suggests. It’s the whole point.

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The Queen of Soul’s Vibrant Court

by Kai Wright on December 9 2010, 1:49PM

Our thoughts are with Aretha, and all of the talents she’s inspired.

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Obama's Statement on House Passage of the DREAM Act

Obama’s Statement on House Passage of the DREAM Act

by Kai Wright on December 9 2010, 11:06AM

The White House has been a vocal backer of the bill in the lame-duck session.

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Julian Bond Chimes in for Global LGBT Campaign’s Launch

by Kai Wright on December 8 2010, 2:31PM

People are killed for being queer around the world. More people should know that.

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Obama's Bizarre, Offensive Effort to Equate Tax Cuts and Abolition

Obama’s Bizarre, Offensive Effort to Equate Tax Cuts and Abolition

by Kai Wright on December 8 2010, 12:38PM

Slavery was not a great example of a compromise Mr. President.

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Today's Love Comes From the Soul (And Without Tax Cuts)

Today’s Love Comes From the Soul (And Without Tax Cuts)

by Kai Wright on December 7 2010, 6:20PM

Marvin Gaye helps soothe the rage of today’s news.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Landrieu: Tax Cut Deal Steals from Poor, Black Families for Rich

Landrieu: Tax Cut Deal Steals from Poor, Black Families for Rich

by Kai Wright on December 7 2010, 12:58PM

Progressive economists give it a meh.

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Third Parties and Tequila Shots

by Kai Wright on December 6 2010, 12:54PM

It starts with jokes and murmurs, but Democrats shouldn’t go on expecting blind support.

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It's Not About Tax Cuts. Obama Must Stand in Defense of Government

It’s Not About Tax Cuts. Obama Must Stand in Defense of Government

by Kai Wright on December 6 2010, 11:51AM

ColorLines Editor Kai Wright says the president can fight now, or we can all lose later.

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Justice and Community are Inseparable Ideas

Justice and Community are Inseparable Ideas

by Kai Wright on December 1 2010, 11:06AM

A great reminder from a ColorLines reader.

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Harry Belafonte's Love for Racial Justice--and Radical Muppets

Harry Belafonte’s Love for Racial Justice—and Radical Muppets

by Kai Wright, Jorge Rivas on November 30 2010, 6:36PM

Today’s love is for a meeting between icons of the human and puppet worlds.

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A Conversation with Harry Belafonte on Race and Politics Today Play

A Conversation with Harry Belafonte on Race and Politics Today

by Kai Wright on November 30 2010, 10:24AM

The music legend and human rights icon sits down with ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen.

Topics: Election: Now What?, Harry Belafonte