Kai Wright

Kai Wright is editorial director of Colorlines.com and an Alfred Knobler Fellow of The Nation Institute. His investigative reporting and news analysis appears regularly in The Nation, The Root and The American Prospect, among other publications, and he is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and in other broadcast media. You can follow Kai on Twitter at @kai_wright, or check out KaiWright.com.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
'You Got a Problem? Well, Now You Do': Why Black Young Men Have It Coming
Trayvon Martin had it coming, or so we will soon be led to believe. The surely unattractive details of his short life as a black man in America will tumble forward—his troubles in school, the weed baggie that got him suspended, the altercation in which police and George Zimmerman claim he was the aggressor. He was a maladjusted, Negro man-child, so ferocious he could kill an armed man with his bare hands.
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Saturday, March 03, 2012
How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair
It’s no great insight to point out it’s a tough election year for the Republican Party. The presumed front-runner is uninspiring at best; his rotating cast of challengers are wildly off-putting to wide swaths of the electorate.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Why the Republican Party’s Spectacular Collapse Isn’t Good for Social Justice
New Hampshire Republicans vote today and, barring the unexpected, Mitt Romney will celebrate another tepid victory, earning a fraction of his party’s support. The Republican establishment will then begin its coronation effort in earnest, working hard to end the comic tragedy that this primary has been for the party. In so doing, they will surely further alienate the tea party activists they once encouraged—and just as surely risk further dividing their already fractured party.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis
Let us not mince words: The state of Georgia just murdered Troy Davis. The state coroner will list homicide as his cause of death. But he wasn’t the first and, sadly, he won’t be the last person slaughtered in the name of U.S. law and order. There are today dozens more people scheduled to be killed by states, according to Amnesty International.
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Sunday, September 04, 2011
Stocks Are Down! Obama’s Unpopular! Wait, Who Gives a F&*@?!
Labor Day weekend began with a familiar whimper: The economy created exactly zero jobs in August. There’s not much labor to celebrate this year—but then again, that’s been the case for at least three years now. And in many black neighborhoods, it’s been the case since the 2001 recession. So here we are.
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Monday, May 02, 2011
The Ability to Kill Osama Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great
Osama Bin Laden, evil incarnate, has justified so, so much American violence in the 21st century. We have launched two wars and executed God knows how many covert military operations in the ethereal, never-ending fight he personifies. We have made racial profiling of Muslim Americans normative, turned an already broken immigration system into an arm of national defense, and reversed decades worth of hard-won civil liberties while pursuing him, dead or alive.
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