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Mychal Denzel Smith

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Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer at The Nation, a blogger at TheNation.com and a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute. He is also a freelance writer and social commentator. His work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Ebony, theGrio, the Root, Huffington Post and GOOD.

Articles

News and Features

How Bill de Blasio can help solve the twin problems of over-policing and under-educating in one swoop

Mayor Bloomberg and Ray Kelly lost big: a federal court ruling and a new law ban the racial profiling that undergirds the discriminatory practice. 

How long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?

Let's face the truth: anyone with a gun can be a "bad guy." What we need is fewer guns, period.

Those new to the cause of defending black life will soon have to face the bleak truth black people have lived with for so long: we don’t often win.

Blogs

Voting and movements help create representative democracy.
A majority of Americans believe the criminal justice system is racially biased, but it takes more than an acknowledgement to dismantle the...
Corporal punishment is an extension of respectability politics, the idea that when people of color behave “correctly,” racism...
Forty days after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, America’s “justice system” continues to fail.
New witnesses to the Michael Brown killing say he had his hands up when he was shot by police.
Increased police presence won‘t make “bad kids” any better.