In response to the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis and the uprising that ensued in the Twin Cities during the summer of 2020, Gabriela Spears-Rico considers the fibers that bring people together in efforts to dismantle white supremacy. The poet was inspired to write the piece after attending the protest that brought down the Columbus statue in Saint Paul on June 4, 2020. Witnessing the monument’s removal allowed her to connect human fibers, the people coming together, to the material composite fibers that make up rope, in order to also consider how the same tool that was once used to lynch Black, Native, and Mexican bodies is now being used to pull down relics of genocide and white supremacy.

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