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  • We Come from the Stars: Genealogies of Black and Indigenous Co-Resistance
           in Mni Sota Makoce

    • Authors: Zoe V. Allen
      Abstract: In this paper, I reflect on my experiences as an Anishinaabekwe, Sicangu Oyate queer woman organizing at Macalester College and beyond–that have shaped my major research interests on the convergences of Indigenous intergenerational healing, art, and youth organizing. From the fight to assert Anishinaabe sovereignty against the Line 3 oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota to honoring the lives of Black relatives who were stolen by Minnesotan police forces, 2020-2021 have been years of massive social upheaval. What does Black and Indigenous solidarity/co-resistance look like today, in the past and how can it continue here in Mni Sota Makoce' How is this work limited at a predominantly white institution such as Macalester College' Building on the work of Macalester Alum Guy Chinang ’20 how do institutions that practice neoliberal multiculturalism constrain radically emancipatory futures' What are the possibilities opened through intergenerational healing, art, and youth organizing' I argue that the collaborative community space opened through Powwow X: Expanded Cinema here at Macalester College–presented by Missy Whiteman and organized by P.I.P.E. and the DML on November 19th, 2021–models the abilities of art, activism, and ceremony to help Black and Indigenous peoples heal and generate new worlds. The beauty of Black and Indigenous solidarity work needs to be recognized and celebrated, while also practicing truth-telling and accountability.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:19 PST
  • Chinese Immigrant Women as Home Care Workers: Performing and Disrupting
           Narratives Through Labor Practices

    • Authors: Sophie Mark-Ng
      Abstract: This article explores how labor practices perpetuate narratives, or stereotypes, which produce various forms of anti-Asian violence. By looking at labor trends of Chinese immigrants in America, specifically on the current increase of Chinese immigrant women home care workers, the author argues that labor trends are guided by narratives surrounding certain demographics while simultaneously reinforcing these narratives. For Chinese immigrant women, the stereotype of the hardworking and subservient worker, paired with their hypersexualization and association with sex work, combine to justify their increased presence in the domestic work or home care industry. These harmful narratives create violence both within and beyond the workplace. Use of collective organizing practices by workers not only leads to better working conditions, but also counters narratives of Chinese immigrant women as submissive and silent. Labor organizing has the immense power to transform stereotypes which guide labor practices and perpetuate violence. Despite its deprioritization in mainstream Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) political organizing spaces, labor organizing should be seen as an essential site for the future of AAPI organizing.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:15 PST
  • Complicating the Constructed Narrative of Minnesota’s Iron Range

    • Authors: Sara Rukavina
      Abstract: In this essay, I aimed to deconstruct the way that the history of Minnesota’s Iron Range is remembered and reveal how it supports an exploitative and harmful mining industry and system of capitalism. I identify how harm against Indigenous people and land is not a part of this collective memory of Iron Range’s history and neither is the way that racial division and racism were used as tools to exploit and suppress workers. I both complicate the narrative by revealing these histories and imagine how different the world and the Range would be if we honestly confronted and reckoned with our history.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:12 PST
  • Confirmation and not Revelation: The Radical Imagination and Visions for
           the Future

    • Authors: Nicole V. Salazar
      Abstract: The imagination is not a foil to reality, but holds potential for re-envisioning an existing one. The term “radical” in radical imagination implies action. We cannot just imagine and stop there. In order for the imagination to become a tool for (personal/ communal/ global) liberation, it needs to be paired with action. There is no such thing as the “standard” or the “conventional” because it is constructed by those in power. Because of this, the radical imagination has existed for years in the language of the oppressed. Drawing from Black and Indigenous thought and practice, personal experience and work, we can see how the radical imagination is born out of necessity. There is no one way of imagining so this is a collection of various imaginations.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:08 PST
  • Decentering the Gendered Whiteness of the Iconic American Cowboy: Media,
           Performance, and Race in the Rodeo World

    • Authors: Louise A. Blair
      Abstract: Throughout American history, cowboys have been a cultural fascination and iconic symbol of strength and masculinity. To this day, cowboys are readily present in popular culture and imagery, but are nearly always portrayed as an exclusively white character. This paper explores the historical inaccuracies of this portrayal, while decentering the whiteness of the cowboy by discussing media, performance, and race. Through this, case studies such as the Bill Pickett Rodeo, 21st century popular images of black cowboys, and the presence of horses in recent protests come to light as alternative images for a new American cowboy emerging in American culture. These images simultaneously represent a fruitful yet rarely discussed history, as well as a changing perception of who belongs as a cowboy in America.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:04 PST
  • Sprouting SEAD: Exploring Youth Southeast Asian Leadership Towards
           Abolitionist Futures

    • Authors: Haley Le-Vien
      Abstract: After a whirlwind summer with the Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, I reflect on my experiences there as a young Southeast Asian woman who is in youth work. Through analyzing the potential of queer activism, the history of Asian activism, the Stop AAPI Hate movement, and Asian solidarity with other BIPOC specifically right after the murder of George Floyd, I aim to provide suggestions for how Southeast Asian youth organizing could look like in the future to maintain an abolitonist vision and a strong dedication to the community. I emphasize the importance of grounding future activism outside of identity, the potential of horizontal leadership, and why youth must be the leaders of these future movements. I also provide examples of current Southeast Asian or BIPOC and queer organizations like PrYSM and Freedom Inc that are youth led that are good signs for the future. This is only the beginning of a much longer conversation and I intend to take my findings from this paper to apply to my own curriculum building for youth leadership programming.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:32:00 PST
  • Productivity and Protest: The Institutionalization of Activism

    • Authors: Dakota B. McKnight
      Abstract: Under capitalism, time spent being productive and effective is the ultimate goal of human life and interaction. What can be produced or accomplished and how much it is worth is the guiding principle of labor, governance, and now, protest. Over time, protest culture and activism have been institutionalized and fallen into the same patterns of the systems they intend to change. The demand to be productive results in activists pulling long hours for underpaid or even unpaid labor, with a focus on filling canvassing quotas, and counting donations, rather than engaging in meaningful community-based action. This inevitably leads to the burnout of activists, and actively stifles the revolutionary potential of movements by centering hours spent and accolades rather than the goal of worldchanging. This phenomenon is a result of colonial white supremascist culture inside of activist spaces that must be expunged if movements are to be truly radical spaces. To respond to this, I offer an alternative worldchanging strategy based in community care and sustainable, communal work.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:56 PST
  • Solidarity Sing Alongs: Music as a Disruptive Force in the 2011 Protests
           in Madison, Wisconsin

    • Authors: Clare Mazack
      Abstract: Protest music, when created and shared with intention and rooted in a social movement, can act as a force of disruption to systems of power. This paper focuses on the disruptive nature of the Solidarity Sing Alongs during the 2011 protests in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, that occurred in response to Governor Walker’s proposed Act 10, which cut funding for education, healthcare, pensions, and childcare, as well as attacked collective bargaining rights and other union abilities. The Solidarity Sing Alongs act as a case study of how music, as a part of the protests, interrupted the political powers that targeted the rights of people in Wisconsin. The disruptive power of the Solidarity Sing Alongs is evident in four main ways. First, they forged connections between past and present social movements, specifically through the reuse of old labor movement songs. Second, the location of the rotunda in the Wisconsin State Capitol was intentionally chosen as a public, central gathering space that holds political significance. Third, the decentralized leadership and organization of the Sing Alongs ensured that it was rooted in the values of the people, in direct opposition to the hierarchical structures of leadership that capitalism enforces. Finally, the Solidarity Sing Alongs created a strong network of politically active community members. With an understanding of these disruptive qualities, the paper also acknowledges some of the limitations of the Solidarity Sing Alongs, specifically the lack of connections to struggles beyond the labor movement, and a lack of racial diversity among attendees. These limitations are reflective of issues in broader progressive movements in Madison, emphasizing the need for deeper cross-struggle solidarity between movements. By exploring both the strengths and limitations of the Solidarity Sing Alongs, and ultimately understanding the important role they played in the 2011 Wisconsin protests, I assert that protest music can continue to be a disruptive force when thoughtfully incorporated into movement strategies.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:53 PST
  • Polishing the American Dream: Vietnamese-Americans in the Nail Industry

    • Authors: Cathy Trương
      Abstract: Nail art is a site of cultural history in the US. This form of artistic and self expression has evolved greatly over the decades, with influences from different cultures and backgrounds, especially from Black-American and Vietnamese-American people. Growing up, it had never occurred to me why so many of my Vietnamese relatives and family friends worked as nail technicians. Turns out, over the years Vietnamese-Americans immigrants turned entrepreneurs have actually come to dominate this multi-billion dollar industry. But I had never taken my family members’ careers as nail techs seriously, and it seems that this is a popular opinion among many Americans. Jokes are often made about nail technicians, never without including ignorant “Asian” accents. Not only this, but many technicians face blatant disrespect, verbal and even physical abuse, and racism at their work or outside work. These instances of racism are a part of a larger, white-supremacist and imperialist issue of the US enacting violence onto Vietnamese bodies since the Vietnam War until today. They also essentialize Vietnamese-Americans into dehumanizing stereotypes, erasing their identity and complex history. Using nail art as a site of exploration, we can investigate more about the Vietnamese American working class experience, the history of the Vietnam War and critiques of the American Dream, the complex relationship between Vietnamese-American and Black-American communities, and finally how nail art has grown in such creative and beautiful ways.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:50 PST
  • The Ivory Tower is Burning: Colonialism, Neutrality, and the Future of
           America's Art Museums

    • Authors: Anna Turner
      Abstract: In this essay, I examine and problematize the myth of neutrality in America’s art museums by examining the colonialist, patriarchal, and capitalist foundations of museums in American culture, framing contemporary examples of museum neutrality—or the social and political detachment of many museums from the communities and issues they claim to speak to—within these historical contexts. Referring to the works of museum educators, scholars, and activists, this essay seeks to build on the existing commentary about the positionality and purpose of museums in their communities, using protest as a means of analyzing institutional capacity for change. Drawing on a number of contemporary examples, including the ongoing Strike MoMA efforts, I engage an open-ended discussion of how museums might reimagine themselves as institutions unbound from the colonial, patriarchal and capitalist values on which so many were founded.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:46 PST
  • Abolish Copaganda!: An ACAB Analysis of Sisters and The Wicker Man and the
           Ramifications of Abolitionist Spectatorship

    • Authors: Anjali Moore
      Abstract: After the 2020 Twin Cities Uprising, the term “ACAB” (All Cops Are Bastards) surged in popularity though it has been in circulation for nearly a century. Applying an ACAB lens to films suggests an intentional approach to spectatorship by integrating a critical consciousness about the systemic racism that the police embody. Portrayals of police are an omnipresent occurrence in media of all kinds and often function to cultivate trust in their authority. Brian DePalma’s 1973 slasher Sisters and Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man exhibit notable anti-police sentiment that may feel unexpectedly radical for a pre-Uprising world. Using a framework grounded in cultivation theory, discourse analysis, and abolitionist ideologies, I analyze these two 70s horror films to determine what has and has not changed in police terror and anti-police discourse in the US, almost 50 years later. This project interrogates how anti-police messaging can affect spectators’ beliefs and may help to build a world that is free of police and other white supremacist institutions. Film can generate communities that are aligned through both spectatorship and antiracist values and can be used as a tool to achieve an abolitionist future.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:42 PST
  • What It Means To Be a Monster: The British Raj, Race Science, and "The
           Other" in Fantasy and Folklore

    • Authors: Adam Majid
      Abstract: J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Fellowship of the Ring, the first entry in the culture-defining Lord of the Rings trilogy, from his cottage on Northmoor Road, nestled comfortably in the sleepy streets of North Oxford: the intellectual heart of the British Empire, during the last decade preceding the nation’s imperial decline. British rule over an entire quarter of the planet maintained itself not by force alone, but by the imposition of the ideology of white supremacy on commonwealth citizens, first implemented through Christian thought and later through the “scientific” study of race in the 19th and 20th centuries. While being a thoughtful opponent of the status quo in his time, this paper argues that Tolkien’s background both as a catholic and a scholar among the British elite undoubtedly introduced the illogics of race science into his work, specifically the Lord of the Rings saga which in turn became the groundwork for all fantasy literature and media in the West that came after. Focusing on Tolkien’s use of the term “race” to delineate separate species of independent origin and the formation of “orcs” as a society of dark-skinned, evil-natured, “mongol-types” positioned as inherently disposable and deserving of total annihilation presents troubling implications for the genres of storytelling which adopted Tolkien’s language without question. This legacy has produced two tropes that have pervaded decades after, first the association of the word “race” with immutable biological difference as well as alien otherness, and second the conclusion that the answer to evil is genocide. In response I present the history of race as a fictional narrative that begins in Europe and has persisted in maintaining the illusion of innate difference resulting in western-dominant racial hierarchy across the globe. Drawing on cultivation theory I argue that decades of storytelling which concludes with the annihilation of a racial or alien “other” has preserved the logic of imperial extermination and bolstered death drive junkies who beg and plead for a modern thermonuclear crusade against those they’ve decided are monsters worth slaying.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:38 PST
  • A Note from the Tapestries Editors

    • Authors: Sophie Mark-Ng et al.
      Abstract: Introduction to volume 11 of Macalester College's journal Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:33 PST
  • Tapestries 2022: Message from the Professor

    • Authors: Karin Aguilar-San Juan
      Abstract: Professor Karín Aguilar-San Juan introduces the 2022 issue of Tapestries with a short essay that addresses the politics of disappointment and draws from freewriting by members of the journal's collective as a way to process the positive and negative feelings of entering Senior Year in a time of continuing global pandemic.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:30 PST
  • Artist Statement

    • Authors: Anjali Moore et al.
      Abstract: Tapestries 2021-2022 editors Anjali Moore and Nicole Salazar reflect on the creation of volume 11 of the journal.
      PubDate: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:31:25 PST
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