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, The Huffington Post and GOOD magazine.
We don’t escape America's history of racism because we believe ourselves to be good people, or that we're just doing our jobs. It’s already defined our lives.
We have ceded so much power to the police, and they brazenly flaunt it without fear of repercussion.
On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.
Apparently seeing images of successful black people makes whites, Asians and Hispanics think racism doesn't exist.
“Far too often trans women don’t have justice,” transgender television star Laverne Cox tells The Nation. “I’m obviously not one for locking people up, but we need some justice.”