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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.

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

Relive Facing Race 2010!

Relive Facing Race 2010!

by Kai Wright on October 27 2010, 12:42PM

Watch video highlights and read digests of the gathering’s biggest sessions. And get ready to join us at Facing Race 2012 in New York City.

Topics: Facing Race 2010

Actually, It's Clarence Thomas Who Owes the Apology Here

Actually, It’s Clarence Thomas Who Owes the Apology Here

by Kai Wright on October 26 2010, 11:53AM

CREDO Action does some reaching out across the years, too.

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Alternet Breaks Down the Workings of

Alternet Breaks Down the Workings of “Tea Party Inc.”

by Kai Wright on October 25 2010, 1:18PM

It’s a lot to digest, but it’s all there if you look. This is no grassroots movement.

Topics: 2010 Elections, Kai Wright

Fox Wants to

Fox Wants to “Debate” Bigotry, and Juan Williams Makes It OK

by Kai Wright on October 25 2010, 11:17AM

So good for NPR for refusing to be associated with that.

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Chicago Moms Prove Love's Power to Win Justice

Chicago Moms Prove Love’s Power to Win Justice

by Kai Wright on October 22 2010, 6:27PM

The victory at “La Casita” is your daily love.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Endemic Fraud the Foreclosure Scandal Reveals--Again

The Endemic Fraud the Foreclosure Scandal Reveals—Again

by Kai Wright on October 22 2010, 10:28AM

And President Obama’s willful complicity in Wall Street’s scam.

Topics: Economy

Today's Love Is for NPR, Where Colored Folks Are Humans

Today’s Love Is for NPR, Where Colored Folks Are Humans

by Kai Wright on October 21 2010, 6:12PM

Less Juan Williams, more stories like that of Colbert and Nathan Williams.

Topics: Celebrate Love

CDC Study Shows Teen Pregnancy About Education, Not Race

CDC Study Shows Teen Pregnancy About Education, Not Race

by Kai Wright on October 21 2010, 12:02PM

High rates among all races are clumped in the South, where comprehensive sex ed is rare.

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More Fallout from Anti-Gay Hate U.S. Right Peddled in Uganda

More Fallout from Anti-Gay Hate U.S. Right Peddled in Uganda

by Kai Wright on October 20 2010, 5:55PM

Newspaper publishes list of gay people and urges readers to “Hang Them.”

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The Rent is Too Damn High! Really, Though, Jimmy's Got a Point Infographic

The Rent is Too Damn High! Really, Though, Jimmy’s Got a Point

by Kai Wright, Hatty Lee on October 20 2010, 10:12AM

Here are the numbers to back up Jimmy McMillan’s now-famous rant.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Hey Boo, Here's the Daily Love

Hey Boo, Here’s the Daily Love

by Kai Wright on October 18 2010, 6:15PM

One of the most compelling and revolutionary public health campaigns around.

Topics: Celebrate Love, LGBT Youth