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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.

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.

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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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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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