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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?


The tragic death of Trayvon Martin inspired a new generation of activists who fight to make black lives matter.
Activists and organizers gathered at the Schomburg Center to interrogate the current conditions of American policing.
The formation of the NYPD’s new Strategic Response Unit raises disturbing questions about police brutality.
Service, without activism, doesn’t capture King’s true radicalism.
We all should mourn the deaths of Liu and Ramos—but that mourning doesn't mean we become less critical of the police as a violent...
Rev. Al Sharpton should not co-opt the grassroots protests that have broken out in reaction to the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Sensitivity training will not be enough. “Diversity” will not be enough. The only way to end police violence is to admit to...