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What Comes After Police Protests

Bowman, who after winning the primary will likely win the general election in a heavily Democratic district, may discover that many of his new Capitol Hill colleagues share the sentiment. Several House Democrats, including Representative Karen Bass of California, believe that H.R. 40—the bill that would create a commission to study the legacy of slavery and examine reparations proposals—could be voted on before the end of the year. That’s the least Congress could do, Representative Gregory Meeks, a co-sponsor of the bill, told me, “so that people can catch up and get access to things that everyone else takes for granted.”

For progressive activists, the national mood seems promising. But Americans have watched the story of civil unrest and policy stagnation unfold on a loop for more than a century. “No republic is safe that tolerates a

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Pablo Neruda: Love Sonnets – The Atlantic

Pablo Neruda is one of the most famous poets of the 20th century, but he left a more complicated legacy than many realize. He was launched into international recognition at age 20, and eventually became a Nobel-prize winner, a diplomat, and a senator. He’s been honored as a “resistance poet” and a voice for the oppressed, challenging aristocracy and dictatorship in Chile and across the world. And since his death in 1973, he has been remembered especially for his celebrations of love and sexuality—as one scholar put it, as a “frank, sensuous spokesman for love.”

Only recently have people focused on the more disturbing details of Neruda’s work and life: his dehumanizing descriptions of nonwhite women; the fact that he abandoned his severely disabled daughter; the passages of his memoir in which he recounts raping a young maid. (“She kept her eyes wide open all the while,

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