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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.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law puts the threshold for self-defense so low that major questions in this case will likely go unanswered.

Blogs

The teenager’s death sets off a familiar refrain when thinking about the history of race in the United States. 
College campuses are places for challeging intellectual debate, but racist ideology is neither challenging or intellectual. 
Even blatantly racist cops are still only operatives in a larger racist system.
The House stood and applauded the shooting death of Miriam Carey, further perpetuating the idea that black women’s lives are not...
No one feels a sense of moral superiority when talking about their own discrimination. 
You can do everything “right” in America, but if you’re black, racism will always pose a threat to your life.
The outgoing mayor called a Democratic candidate’s campaign racist. Here’s why he’s wrong.