Help Us Stay Paywall-Free

Democracy depends on the free exchange of ideas. Help sustain it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Race

A tragedy in Birmingham and the making of a radical.

Ed Pavlić

Lewis Gordon and Nathalie Etoke discuss the space for freedom opened up by Black existentialist thought.

Nathalie Etoke, Lewis Gordon

Melvin Rogers and Neil Roberts discuss the difficulty of keeping faith in a foundationally anti-Black republic.

Melvin Rogers, Neil Roberts

Mie Inouye and Daniel Martinez HoSang discuss the challenges of organizing in a society that tears groups apart.

Mie Inouye, Daniel Martinez HoSang

Jeanne Theoharis speaks with Lerone A. Martin on the white Christian legacy of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

Lerone A. Martin, Jeanne Theoharis

Forum

To make change, movements need to build endurance—the capacity to keep people showing up despite their differences.

Mie Inouye
Juliet Hooker
Charisse Burden-Stelly
Liz Theoharis
Nathan R. DuFord
Daniel Martinez HoSang
Astra Taylor & Leah Hunt-Hendrix
Jodi Dean
Sarah Schulman
William J. Barber II
Alex Gourevitch
Mie Inouye
David Roediger

The United States has long supported the repression of Latin American land defenders. The tactics it exported are coming to the Atlanta forest.

Azadeh Shahshahani

Movement building requires a culture of listening—not mastery of the right language.

Mariame Kaba & Kelly Hayes

It's at the heart of what makes The Black Jacobins a classic.

David Scott

How a little-understood feature of urban finance—municipal bonds—fuels racial inequality.

Clark Randall

The late South African intellectual and activist—imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela—fought for a world without race and class.

Salim Vally, Enver Motala

Jeanne Theoharis speaks with Margaret Burnham on her work in reconstructing Jim Crow terror, within and outside the law.

Margaret A. Burnham, Jeanne Theoharis

Boston Review is nonprofit and reader funded.

We rely on contributions from readers to keep our pages free and open for everyone. 

Help create a public space for collective reasoning and imagination of a more just world: become a supporting reader today.

Most Read

Andrew J. Douglas, Jared Loggins
Farah Jasmine Griffin

Popular Authors

Lawyer, writer, organizer, and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom.

Professor of American History at UCLA

Get Our Newsletter

Vital reading on politics, ideas, and culture delivered straight to your inbox. 

"A tremendous resource in this time of chaos."

We publish leading scholars, activists, and writers on the most pressing political debates of our time.

But as a small nonprofit, we rely on reader support. Will you help support bold thinking about a more just world?

"An indispensable pillar of the public sphere."

That’s what sociologist Alondra Nelson says of Boston Review. Independent and nonprofit, we believe in the power of collective reasoning and imagination to create a more just world.

That’s why there are no paywalls on our website, but we can’t do it without the support of our readers. Will you make a tax-deductible contribution today?