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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

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?

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

Blogs

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.
The wealth gap didn’t spring up from policy gone awry—it is the policy.
The architects and gatekeepers of American racism have always worn neckties. They have always been a part of the American political system.
Our impatience and rage is what has produced progress. That we are still impatient and angry reflects not black people’s failing but...
And we wonder why there’s an education gap.
No matter who argues in its favor, be it Paul Ryan, President Obama or Jonathan Chait, the credibility of respectability politics is still...
While President Obama no doubt cares deeply about America’s inequality, his approach to solving it is flawed.