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.
Stop the presses! Harry Reid said the word "Negro" and, worse, suggested that white people are less afraid of light-skinned blacks who don’t use double negatives. But by now you’ve heard this latest juicy tidbit to drop out of the much-discussed 2008 campaign recap Game Change. Yes, America, our Senate majority leader had the gall to spell out candidate Barack Obama’s formula for creating his post-racial brand.