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Big cats likely sick with COVID-19 at National Zoo in Washington

Nine big cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington have tested "presumptive positive" for COVID-19, the zoo announced on Friday.
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How these Latinx Tik Tok creators are filling a void and making history
One of the greatest sources of anxiety for Alaina Castillo has been the letter R.
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It’s strange Superman was ever straight to begin with
The hero's new direction has some critics — and they get some things right.
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Baffled Customer Can't Open Door After Driver Leaves Full Coffee Outside
The man revealed he spent $11 on an iced coffee, but couldn't get to it after a delivery driver placed it right outside his front door.
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Russian actress returns to Earth after orbital movie shoot
Russians claim another space first with scenes from a movie film aboard the International Space Station.
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These Turkeys May Be Harder to Get This Thanksgiving
More families wanting a more intimate experience this Thanksgiving could opt to buy smaller turkeys than normal, sparking a shortage.
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Team Jessica Korda wins Aramco Team Series -- first Ladies European Tour event held in US
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It's been 42 years since 'The Hitchhiker's Guide' answered the ultimate question
The first Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book was published in October 1979. Fans are looking back at how the series has endured in popularity and why it's still relevant.
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Commentary: College football Saturday review: UCLA can beat Oregon in Pac-12 game of the year
After UCLA edged Washington and Oregon held off California, the Bruins are set to host the Ducks in what should be the Pac-12 game of the year.
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How — and when — to check indoor air quality in your home
If you are coughing, short of breath, wheezing or have chronic headaches, you may need to become an air-quality detective.
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Gen Z and Millennials Are Leading a ‘Great Reshuffle.’ Here’s What That Means
(To receive weekly emails of conversations with the world’s top CEOs and business decisionmakers, click here.) Something big is happening in American workplaces. Workers are gaining the upper hand as businesses struggle to mount an economic recovery in the midst of a nearly two-year pandemic. From c-suite offices to factory floors, employees are insisting on…
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The political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectiveness
Republicans in Texas and Florida are combatting COVID-19 mandates as a matter of personal liberty, even as the data show just how crucial vaccination — and mandates — are to beating the virus.
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Kentucky's backroad churches may be key to saving hospitals overwhelmed by COVID
Public health workers are going church to church and house to house in the state's secluded valleys to dispel COVID myths, ease isolation, bring aid, and convince wary residents to get vaccinated.
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The climate is still warming, but world leaders have a chance to fix that
Public opinion has moved, partly because more people now have first-hand experience with the effects of climate change. A poll this month found that a record 76% of Americans think global warming is real; only 12% think it isn't.
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Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China
President Biden might let Taiwan slip away just like Afghanistan. On Saturday Oct. 9, China’s President Xi Jinping said reunification with Taiwan "must happen and will happen." 
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Low-carbon flights are nice. But they won’t save the planet.
On climate change, it's too late for baby steps.
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12 Most Googled Questions About Dogs Answered
Newsweek asks American Kennel Club's chief veterinary officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, the most searched for dog queries..
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‘More immediate, more visceral’ and a lot tougher on Eric Clapton: A plan for reviving Rolling Stone
With web-savvy new editor Noah Shachtman, the boomer-rock bible wants to shrug off dusty magazine conventions — and take on sacred cows.
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Do I Really Have to Bond with My Mom’s New Husband’s Family?
Parenting advice on blended families, puberty, and gender identity.
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Giants vs. Rams: Preview, predictions, what to watch for
An inside look at Sunday’s Giants-Rams Week 6 matchup at MetLife Stadium.
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Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?
As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 2000s, I once received a call from a couple of Republican campaign operatives who said they had something to show me. We met at their office in Washington, D.C., a few days later. They presented printouts of recent election records and pointed to a few cases of what they suspected were people voting illegally. One after another, their examples of voter fraud turned out to be nothing. They had flagged, for instance, a voter named John Smith who might have cast ballots on the same day in two different precincts­—discounting the possibility that more than one person named John Smith might be living in the region. Their motivation was obvious enough: They were attempting to plant stories that would delegitimize elections that the GOP risked losing. It didn’t work.With the rising bloc of younger, more diverse voters who skew left, Republican efforts like this in recent years have mushroomed into a full-blown campaign, undercutting the bedrock notion that American voters are the ones who decide elections. Whether GOP-controlled states are drawing new district lines that would disenfranchise Hispanic and Black voters for the next 10 years or “auditing” 2020 election results that have already shown that Donald Trump lost, the goal is the same: By any means necessary, win.Fiona Hill worked on Trump’s National Security Council and later provided compelling testimony in his first impeachment trial. I asked her if she feared for democracy's future should Trump win again. “We’re already there,” she told me. “I’m worried about it now. Millions of people are showing they don’t want any criticism of Trump. Democracy is becoming a dirty word, something that’s anti-Trump.”“These are direct assaults on the basic underpinnings of the democratic system,” Wendy Weiser, who directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s democracy program, told me. This year, 19 states have passed 33 laws creating obstacles to the most fundamental American right, part of a “multipronged effort to sabotage elections,” she added. As the 2022 midterm elections approach, and with the 2024 presidential election not far behind, Democrats believe that President Joe Biden needs to fiercely combat the illiberal forces at work this very second in the country. And those fearing the loss of a two-century tradition of self-government in America are asking, with a hint of desperation, Where is he?[Read: Why Biden is patient as Democrats panic]Certainly, Biden has been busy. He’s struggling to pass a historic multitrillion-dollar economic plan that he seems determined to make the centerpiece of his presidency. “I think the Biden administration’s more immediate priority is these infrastructure bills,” Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who serves on the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, told me. “And I really think that [voting rights] need to be pursued with equal vigor. Efforts to interfere with election officials at the state level are foundational to a democracy. And if the foundation becomes infirm, the whole edifice comes crashing down.” What good is expanded broadband, after all, if it only helps an autocratic government spread democracy-destroying disinformation?When it comes to GOP attempts to subvert elections, Biden has at times been eloquent, and at other moments conspicuously silent. In July, he gave an impassioned speech in Philadelphia in which he shamed Republicans for not working to uphold “the sacred right to vote.” As my colleague Ronald Brownstein noted at the time, Biden didn’t mention the one step that’s absolutely necessary to protect voting rights: doing away with the Senate filibuster rule that is blocking passage of electoral reforms. In a recent speech, Biden found time to talk about renewable energy, tax credits, early-childhood education, climate change, the debt limit, and the growing number of Americans getting vaccinated. He touched on everything, it seemed, except voting rights. If the nation faces “the most dangerous threat to voting and the integrity of free and fair elections in our history,” as Biden warned in Philadelphia, isn’t that as worthy of a mention as plug-in charging stations?Ask the White House what it’s doing to defend voting rights and the stock reply is “Plenty.” One aide sent me a spreadsheet illustrating Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s attention to the issue. (The breakdown showed nearly three dozen speeches, meetings, and events for Harris, and six for Biden.) Attorney General Merrick Garland has set up a criminal task force to crack down on intimidation of election employees, a growing problem. (In Georgia, a state that Biden narrowly won, an election worker was emptying trash from a warehouse one day when hecklers surrounded him and told he would be going to jail, Gabriel Sterling, an official in the Georgia secretary of state’s office, told me.) Even Biden’s allies worry that the progress is too slow. Is the president doing enough to spotlight the perilous state of American democracy? I asked Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat. “No, of course not,” he said.Gina Hinojosa was one of dozens of Democratic Texas legislators who left the state over the summer to deny Republicans the quorum needed to pass legislation restricting voting rights. Hinojosa and her colleagues flew to Washington, where they met twice with Harris to discuss the urgency of the issue. “The last time we passed historic voting-rights legislation, in 1965, we had a president from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who used his skills and the power of the presidency to make voting-rights legislation happen,” she told me. “And we need that same kind of assertiveness from our current president.”A new bill that Democrats have rallied behind, the Freedom to Vote Act, would beat back Republican attempts to manipulate elections for partisan purposes. It would set national voting standards that create a two-week early-voting period, make Election Day a public holiday, allow no-excuse voting by mail, and prevent the firing of election officials for political reasons. It also aims to prevent partisan gerrymandering, which some red states use to dilute the influence of minority voters. Biden has come out in favor of the bill, which is languishing in the Senate because of the filibuster rule.An important thing to note about the Freedom to Vote Act is that it carries the support of the two moderate Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who have balked at the cost of Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.That would give Senate Democrats a good shot at passing the measure—if it needed only a simple majority vote. But the filibuster rule calls for a 60-vote supermajority, and both Manchin and Sinema have so far refused to do away with it. Democrats have worked out an arrangement that gives Manchin time to find 10 Republican senators willing to support the bill and meet the filibuster’s high threshold for passage. “It’s never going to happen,” Representative Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, told me. “He won’t get half of that. He won’t get half of half of that. If we find ourselves in an authoritarian state where there is no more freedom of speech, press, or worship, I don’t think people are going to say, ‘Well, at least we still have the filibuster.’” (Manchin’s office did not respond to a request for comment.)Democrats are understandably antsy. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning for members to vote on the bill as early as Wednesday. A delay would be costly: Republican-controlled legislatures are already coming out with redistricting maps that would lock in their majority status for the next decade. “I wish Senator Manchin the best in his effort to round up some Republican votes, but we cannot have infinite patience,” Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland told me. “The clock is ticking here. We’ve got to get these protections in place right away.” Practically, that looks unrealistic unless Manchin and Simena relent and agree either to nuke the filibuster or carve out a specific exception for voting rights. Biden could pressure the duo to do just that. But with his party holding a one-vote majority in the Senate, he would risk antagonizing two people he can’t afford to lose. When I asked a White House official if Biden supports lifting the filibuster to pass voting-rights protections, I got a tepid reply: “I don’t think we can rule out anything,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record.[Read: America is not ready for Trump’s second term]Activists are growing more frustrated by the day. In July, Sister Quincy Howard and other faith leaders took part in a Zoom meeting on voting rights that included the senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond. She left feeling disheartened by the White House’s message, summarizing it as “‘We need all of you to help us get the word out that there’s a problem with voting rights.’ And I’m like, ‘What? We’re so far beyond that.’ It was jaw-dropping. The word is out!” Then, in August, Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP and now the head of the liberal group People for the American Way, sent a letter along with the League of Women Voters to Richmond warning that voting-rights legislation wouldn’t pass unless the filibuster rule is scrapped. They asked for a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and his deputy Bruce Reed, but got no reply. Feeling stymied, activists began holding demonstrations outside the White House.Earlier this month, both Howard and Jealous were arrested on Pennsylvania Avenue during a protest. A Secret Service agent took off Howard’s veil while detaining her for crossing a police line. I called the agency and asked why this step was necessary—did they believe there was a concealed weapon beneath the nun’s garments? A spokesperson told me that Howard and four others had refused to “disperse,” and that “during the course of any arrest, the Secret Service employs consistent, standardized arrest protocols for the safety and security of all involved.” Jealous said he was handcuffed for hours and spent the night in a jail cell with “the most aggressive roaches you’ve ever seen.”When I mentioned the alarm coming from activists, the White House official told me that the Biden administration is “pushing full force” to pass voting protections. “It’s fair for activists to continue to push,” the official said. “Every constituency has their issue. If you ask immigration folks, they’ll tell you their issue is a life-or-death issue too.” (Democracy’s preservation would seem more than a pet issue.) In one crucial respect, Biden has been holding back: He has yet to give a full-throated statement that Senate Democrats need to end the filibuster.Manchin may never find the 10 Republican votes needed to break a filibuster, but the exercise gives him political cover to tell West Virginians that at least he tried. Having shown that Republican resistance was unwavering, Manchin could then join the dozens of Democratic senators who see the filibuster as a tool for minority obstruction and perhaps persuade Sinema to do the same. “I don’t believe arcane Senate rules should be allowed to turn back the clock on something as fundamental as voting in America,” Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, told me.
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How to maintain lower sodium intake
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued final guidance to the food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed, packaged and prepared foods. 
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Tech how-to: Show photos saved on your phone on your TV
If you’re not watching anything on your TV, why not display your favorite photos? Here are a few easy ways to get the job done, straight from your phone.
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Vanessa Bryant Hits Back at Demand for Psychiatric Exam Over Kobe Crash
The late NBA legend's widow is suing Los Angeles county over leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed him, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others.
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American missionaries reported as kidnapped by gang members in Haiti
As many as 17 American missionaries have been reported kidnapped by gang members in Haiti, including 14 adults and three minors, a source in Haiti's security forces told CNN.
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The story of sugar: Black suffering, white windfall
In the 1600s, a New World crop harvested by enslaved people fueled Europe's economic and intellectual explosion.
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Volunteers in sky watch migrant rescues at sea
With the help of a plane, activists look for migrants in distress fleeing Libya. (Oct 17)      
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Chargers vs. Ravens matchups: Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson could light it up
The Chargers' Justin Herbert might have a big day against a Ravens pass defense that has struggled, while Lamar Jackson poses a big threat on the ground.
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Rams vs. Giants matchups: Look for Matthew Stafford to spread ball around
Robert Woods was Matthew Stafford's main receiver in the Rams' last game, but the quarterback could turn to other targets against the New York Giants.
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An Alabama teen was fatally shot while in his room playing on his iPad
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed while playing with an iPad in his bedroom in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police said.
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Abcarian: Add this to the list of things I'll never miss: The gas-powered leaf blower
Gas-powered leaf blowers were banned more than 20 years ago but L.A. didn't enforce the order. A new state law will prohibit their sale.
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San Diego couple find wedding ring in rubble after home destroyed by plane crash
Cody and Courtney Campbell’s vows of ‘for better or for worse’ have been tested in the last week but an irreplaceable discovery in the ashes of their home has reminded them of their strength as a couple.
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Op-Ed: The cavalry saved me, and 18 years later, I was the cavalry — with a kidney donation
My 'non-directed' donation, to someone I don't know, saved one life and then some.
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Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor of Texas?
Since last spring, actor Matthew McConaughey has been considering a run for governor of Texas, but he has not committed.
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These US towns offer plenty of fall splendor, without the crowds or peak prices
Consider these four U.S. destinations where there's plenty to see, do and experience, dips in hotel rates, thinner crowds and spectacular weather.      
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Opinion: Polly Klaas' murder accelerated the tough-on-crime movement. Her sisters want to stop it
Polly Klaas' sisters are pushing back against laws that were passed in her name after she was murdered in 1993. They want to alter that legacy.
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Hernández: Braves didn't win NLCS Game 1 as much as the Dodgers' offense lost it
A baserunning blunder by Chris Taylor coupled with the Dodgers' inability to drive in runs despite 10 hits proved costly in NLCS Game 1 loss to Braves.
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Letters to the Editor: Mitigation can't beat extreme heat. Tax carbon emissions now
Extreme heat is extremely deadly. The best way to prevent deaths is to reduce fossil fuel use by taxing carbon emissions.
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Kayleigh McEnany: Breast cancer and me – why I chose to have a preventative double mastectomy
I grew up knowing that my family had a history of breast cancer. Eight women in my family—mostly aunts and cousins on my mom’s side—had been plagued with this horrible illness. Some were even in their young twenties.
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Georgia murder trial in killing of Ahmaud Arbery seen as test case for racial justice
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was shot and killed as he jogged through a neighborhood near Brunswick, Ga. in 2020. Three white men in pick-up trucks pursued him and then confronted him.
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Cory Booker's constituents leading drive to accomplish criminal justice reform in Congress
Cory Booker highlights how his neighborhood, constituents, and personal experiences fuel his passion to make changes in criminal and police reform.      
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D.C.-area forecast: Much cooler air rides in on a gusty breeze through tomorrow
Fall is back. Temperatures run about 15 degrees cooler than yesterday.
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Second Opinion: Refrigeration alone can't solve the 'last mile' problem for COVID vaccines
Humanitarian aid groups have experience countering myths and misinformation to overcome vaccine hesitancy in low-income countries.
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Deadlines arrive for school staff to be vaccinated in Washington region
Some unvaccinated employees placed on leave for failing to show weekly testing results.
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Stuff your 5,000-word limit! Students dare to write longer history papers.
Given such passion, why do high schools almost never encourage big writing projects?
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Door by door, a push to rename Confederate streets for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor
At least 41 streets in Alexandria are named for Confederate generals, largely thanks to a 1951 city ordinance that at one point required it for all new north-south streets.
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A condensed oral history of the 2006 NLCS and a Mets team that came so damn close
I conversed with prominent members of that Mets team who shared memories, salutes and regrets from the build-up to the NLCS, its seven games of drama and the aftermath.
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The Most Useful Kind of Rage
When we think of love, we recognize its varieties. Philia, brotherly love. Eros, romantic love. Agape, universal love. Conditional and unconditional love, requited and unrequited love, love for virtue and love for vice. Our awareness of these different kinds of love not only allows us to perceive its varied forms; it also gives us adequate information to approve or disapprove of a particular type. When we talk about anger, by contrast, we tend to paint it in broad strokes, generalizing it as though it were one destructive thing.[From the January/February 2019 issue: The real roots of American rage]But there are many kinds of anger. As a philosopher and an anti-racist scholar, I study anger through the lens of political injustice, and I have sorted political rage into five categories. The first four are at best unproductive and at worst dangerous, but the fifth variety can be useful and lead to positive change. “Rogue rage” is anger at injustice, although the target of the injustice is not necessarily the person or institution that caused it. A person with rogue rage blames almost everyone for his unjust experiences. The former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini, who now works to fight extremism, was a rogue rager before he changed his ways. “Wipe rage” is felt by people who perceive injustice at the hands of a specific group or groups and aim to eliminate those people. Wipe ragers may experience economic hardship or they may feel ignored by a government that is supposed to represent and serve them. The alt-right protesters who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 with their anti-Semitic and anti-Black chants of “You will not replace us!”—voicing a belief that white people are on the verge of extinction—were expressing wipe rage. “Ressentiment rage” may sound strange at first, perhaps even redundant. (The French ressentiment can be translated as resentment, although its meaning in French more closely reflects my intent here.) Ressentiment rage is aimed at a racial group in power and is expressed by those without power. It is likely to be directed at all members of the powerful group—for example, an Indigenous person who is angry at all white people in America. People with ressentiment rage are reactive: They see themselves as subjects who are acted upon. “Narcissistic rage” is not my term; bell hooks coined the phrase in her 1995 book, Killing Rage. She cites Black elites as a group that sometimes has narcissistic rage, which arises from a sense of individual exceptionalism, not outrage at systemic injustice. Narcissistic ragers are angry because although they have worked hard and risen through the ranks—gaining much social capital and even acceptance by some white people—the oppressive powers refuse to make a distinction between them and other members of the oppressed group. This post is adapted from Cherry’s forthcoming book. These four types of rage can produce harmful effects in the world. They can obstruct racial justice and even perpetuate injustice. But there’s another kind of political rage that stands out from the rest. I call it “Lordean rage,” and it is our best hope.Lordean rage contrasts with the other types of rage in stark ways. I named it after the Black feminist scholar and poet Audre Lorde, based on my reading of her essays on anger and race. Lordean rage plays an important role in the anti-racist struggle and is not necessarily destructive.Lorde defines racism as “the belief in the inherent superiority of one race over all others and thereby the right to dominance, manifest and implied.” The targets of Lordean rage are those who are complicit in and perpetrators of racism and racial injustice. This type of anger is, for example, directed at racist actions, racist attitudes, and presumptions that arise out of those attitudes. These needn’t come from powerful, faraway forces. These attitudes and actions can (and often do) come from people who profess solidarity with the racially marginalized.The goal of Lordean rage is to absorb anger and use it for energy. As the title of Lorde’s influential essay “The Uses of Anger” suggests, anger has its benefits. Lordean rage is useful if it is focused with precision and translated into needed action. It is metabolized anger—“the virtuous channeling of the power and energy of anger without the desire to harm or pass pain,” writes the scholar Emily McRae. It is a call to “fight injustice and respect the reality of one’s anger without being destroyed by it.”I have always wondered what made freedom fighters like Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells, both born as slaves, stand up to oppressive racist and sexist systems. As Black women they were doubly oppressed, but were not afraid to speak truth to power. What accounts for this audacity? A belief in justice, no doubt, and confidence in themselves, and a sense of optimism that they would be able to succeed despite the risks and ​​challenges they faced. But they also channeled Lordean rage. As did Martin Luther King Jr., who, while locked up in Alabama in 1963, responded to his critics and unjust arrest with productive anger, writing his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” The perspective that informs Lordean rage is, as Lorde put it: “I am not free while any [other] is unfree.” Freedom is not exclusive. It is inclusive. Those who share this view embrace the unfree whose “shackles are different from our own,” not just selected members of a particular group. Lorde was not only concerned about justice for well-educated Black women like herself. She was also concerned about the poor and those in developing nations—all who live under the conditions that shape and support white supremacy. This inclusive perspective helps us see that if we fail to “recognize them as other faces of [ourselves],” then we are contributing not only to their oppression but also to our own.[Keisha N. Blain: The women who paved the way for this moment]At this point, you might be thinking: This sounds difficult! I understand your concern. Lordean rage might not seem like an emotion to which we’re naturally given, and we might think that becoming the kind of person who could use it productively would be hard work. Is Lordean rage an exclusive state of mind that only a few noble souls are capable of achieving?Thankfully, the answer is no. You might think that what we are naturally given to, when we are angry at a sibling, for example, is an urge to lash out at them. And any opposing reaction to this natural desire to retaliate might seem superhuman or super-virtuous. However, this kind of thinking stems from a broad-strokes conception of anger, which leads us astray.I can have a destructive kind of anger directed at my brother and a constructive kind of anger directed at racists. (Both kinds of anger can coexist in me—I contain multitudes!) The presence of the former shows that I’m not perfect, but it doesn’t cancel out the possibility of Lordean rage directed at racists in the pursuit of a more just society. Lordean rage requires us to have moral sensitivity and moral imagination—but not necessarily moral excellence. It is within reach.This article is adapted from Cherry’s forthcoming book, The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle.
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Amelia Earhart’s long-hidden poems reveal an enigma’s inner thoughts
Throughout Amelia Earhart’s public life, she was tenacious about guarding her privacy, including her desire to be a writer.
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