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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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