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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.

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.

Topics: DREAM Act, Kai Wright

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.

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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