Stories by Kai Wright

Kai Wright is editorial director of 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. His work explores the politics of sex, race and health. He has closely covered the foreclosure crisis and the ensuing economic collapse. subscribe to Kai Wright's feed

Posted on: Jun 30, 2015, Source: The Nation

Three things we need right now if the Affordable Care Act is going to create a functioning and equitable healthcare system.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2013, Source: The Nation

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2012, Source:

We cage people, then call them animals. We starve people, then jibe them for being malnourished. We write laws that allow people to gun down unarmed children.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2012, Source: ColorLines

Someone broke the financial system, and evidence that the break was willful is now piled as high as banking execs’ bonuses.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2011, Source:

Industries, communities, natural resources, even sports leagues have collapsed as Ronald Reagan’s corrosive vision has become dominant.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2011, Source: The Nation

Poverty is the result of decades of political choices that first created ghettos and then left them prey to a still growing industry that profits from their existence.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011, Source:

After a long delay from the Supreme Court, Troy Davis was executed at 11:08 PM Wednesday night, despite over a million people asking for clemency.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2011, Source: The Nation

The $30 billion-a-year industry continues to fleece borrowers with high rates and shady terms.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2010, Source:

More than a third of all black and Latino kids are growing up destitute. With numbers like that, how can we talk meaningfully about a future of any kind, let alone a better one?

Posted on: Aug 26, 2010, Source:

We know that Glenn Beck's hijacking of MLK's iconic moment is beyond wrong. But do today's progressives embrace King's challenge to create a just economy?

Posted on: Mar 10, 2010, Source: The Nation

Democrats are served better by picking a fight with the GOP over immigration rather than running from one. Latinos nationwide are young, growing and increasingly ready to vote.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source:

Guess parroting right wingers wasn't enough...

Posted on: Jun 29, 2008, Source: The Nation

How the mortgage industry stole black America's hard-won wealth.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2007, Source:

Since the civil rights movement's close, blacks in particular have made no progress on what may be the most important measure of social well-being: living to see old age.

Posted on: May 23, 2006, Source: Mother Jones

Is racism slowly killing black Americans -- physically as well as systemically?

Posted on: Jan 12, 2006, Source: The Nation

If you've paid passing attention to the news about gay men and our sex lives in the last year, you'd think we're all depraved, barebacking, bug-chasers. But that's not actually what's killing us.

Posted on: May 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Black and Latino children are paying the price for the mismanagement that has many public housing projects saturated in pesticides and literally crawling with rats.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The gay rights movement has sacrificed sexual pluralism on the altar of civil rights. While legal equality is a worthy goal, it's also a goal that will remain elusive as long as we opt out of the sex wars.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Many progressive black voters entered this election in a jubilant mood, with increased engagement and high turnout in key states. But their effect was often countered by new evangelical voters – some of whom were African American.

Posted on: May 31, 2004, Source: The Progressive

Sarah Jones is making a name for herself as heir to the feminist performance-art thrones of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, while her romance with unvarnished urbanity puts her closer akin to Spike Lee and Richard Pryor.