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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.

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.

Topics: Celebrate Love

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

Today's Love is for Dolly Parton--and White Folks Who Aren't Scared

Today’s Love is for Dolly Parton—and White Folks Who Aren’t Scared

by Kai Wright on November 29 2010, 6:40PM

Today’s politics remind us of fear’s power against justice. But it doesn’t work on everybody.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Texas Observer Helps ColorLines Tell Shahed Hossain's Tragic Story

Texas Observer Helps ColorLines Tell Shahed Hossain’s Tragic Story

by Kai Wright on November 29 2010, 10:50AM

We’ll have regular print partnerships for our long-form reporting next year.

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Today's Love is for My Peeps, the Holidays and You

Today’s Love is for My Peeps, the Holidays and You

by Kai Wright on November 24 2010, 5:00PM

Because my holidays are all about the relationships I live for.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Structural Forces Behind Black Youth Joblessness

The Structural Forces Behind Black Youth Joblessness

by Kai Wright on November 24 2010, 3:57PM

Reader Gesyckah’s got a good articulation of how systemic inequity passes through individuals.

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Another Midterm Lesson: It’s the Money, Stupid

by Kai Wright on November 24 2010, 10:20AM

Billions in “independent” spending swung key races, and local “news” helped.

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More on Violence and Bias Against Transgender Women of Color

by Kai Wright on November 20 2010, 12:57PM

Research shows the murders are but the most extreme form of danger they face.

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Remembering the Transgender Women Murdered Last Year Infographic

Remembering the Transgender Women Murdered Last Year

by Kai Wright, Hatty Lee on November 19 2010, 10:53AM

At least 22 people were killed in anti-gay attacks last year. Hate crime victims are overwhelmingly transgender people of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Kai Wright

Yes, Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

Yes, Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes

by Kai Wright on November 18 2010, 12:54PM

Helpful resources detailing how and why from reader salina.

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More on Health Impact of Longterm Joblessness

More on Health Impact of Longterm Joblessness

by Kai Wright on November 18 2010, 11:36AM

Reader Barbara Glickstein offers a view from caregivers.

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Who Wants to Turn the Camera Back on James O'Keefe?

Who Wants to Turn the Camera Back on James O’Keefe?

by Kai Wright on November 17 2010, 12:58PM

Reader suggests somebody sting these rightwing smear-operatives, too.

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Today's Love is for Howard Zinn, Change Now and Our Readers

Today’s Love is for Howard Zinn, Change Now and Our Readers

by Kai Wright on November 16 2010, 6:36PM

Zinn: “We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents.”

Topics: Celebrate Love

We Interrupt Your Regular Programming for...Deep Thought

We Interrupt Your Regular Programming for…Deep Thought

by Kai Wright on November 4 2010, 1:00PM

ColorLines is slowing down for a couple days to plot our takeover of the Web.

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Yes, Mr. President, This Was a Referendum on Your Leadership

Yes, Mr. President, This Was a Referendum on Your Leadership

by Kai Wright on November 3 2010, 10:17AM

If Obama wants his base back, he’ll need to fight for them with the same vigor that he pursues comity with bankers.

Topics: Election: Now What?, Kai Wright

They Loved Us Enough to Win Our Right to Vote

They Loved Us Enough to Win Our Right to Vote

by Kai Wright on November 2 2010, 6:14PM

So let’s hope we’re all showing some love back by using that right today.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Go Vote! Here's Help Finding (and Watching) Your Polling Site

Go Vote! Here’s Help Finding (and Watching) Your Polling Site

by Kai Wright on November 2 2010, 9:46AM

People literally died so we could do this thing today.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Kai Wright

Still More Help for Your Halloween-Challenged Friends

Still More Help for Your Halloween-Challenged Friends

by Kai Wright on October 27 2010, 1:27PM

“Sexy Asian Girl,” “Poca-hotties,” and other bad ideas found by ColorLines readers.

Topics: Halloween Don'ts, Kai Wright