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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.


News and Features

A new generation of civil rights activists depends on a free Internet.

Baldwin yielded to nobody in his quest to weed racism out of the American garden—root and branch.

In a country that has always used race to justify inequality, ending police brutality is just the start.

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?


A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor...
The labor of generations of black bodies has created massive amounts of wealth for everyone but the people whose work was exploited. And we...
Police will continue to abuse the rights of the already marginalized because we, as American citizens, refuse to question the fundamental...
There are no American institutions of power that are founded on wholesale discrimination against white men. That’s not the case for...
The ease with which we criminalize and abuse black youth in this country would be astounding if it weren’t so routine.
The embattled basketball team owner broke the rules of how one should go about being racist in America.
Those of us who haven’t been paying enough attention to climate change can no longer take for granted that others will do the work....
With coal not paying the bills, West Virginia has turned to prison construction.