Kai Wright is editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit, and a columnist for The Nation. His reporting and writing is focused on racial justice, economic inequity, healthcare, and sexuality. Formerly features editor of The Nation, he was the host of the podcast “The United States of Anxiety,” a partnership of The Nation and WNYC Studios. The podcast explored America’s debate over its national identity against the backdrop of the 2016 election, profiling supporters of Donald Trump and their immigrant neighbors in the suburbs of Long Island. Kai was also host of the podcast “There Goes the Neighborhood,” which explored gentrification in Brooklyn. He is the former editorial director of Colorlines and a longtime fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.
The Democrats’ timid rejoinder to the GOP’s summer of demagoguery reveals how afraid they are of debating our defining values.
Will 2010’s tally reflect the changing face of America?
Exhibit A in why an independent consumer watchdog is needed, both for consumers and the global economy.
Less than a quarter of my black and brown neighbors have responded so far.
Progressives can dismantle a centuries-old tool of oppression: pitting working-class whites against people of color. But we’re missing the chance.
Obama’s latest fix is a step in the right direction, but just a step.
Dodd’s bill puts a strong cop on the beat. But the same regulators who’ve already failed us would look over its shoulder.
Good riddance to the Senate’s bipartisan effort to build a weak Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
Economics and morality set aside, the politics are good, too.
Here’s a bizarre trait a friend of mine likes to point out about America’s privileged class: The accusations too many of its denizens hurl down at poorer, usually darker people say more about themselves than anything else.