IMAGINARY ENEMIES: MYTH AND ABOLITION IN THE MINNEAPOLIS REBELLION, Free, 5½” x 8½”, 8pgs.

It’s hard to believe that it was almost a year ago that my city burned, and in doing so, became the epicenter of global unrest. The story is still being tacked down: indeed, still unfolding. Derek Chauvin’s trial will begin right around when this review starts appearing in your mailboxes… It is necessary not just to tell the story of just what went down in Minneapolis—but to reflect critically on that story so that its implications don’t escape us—so we can learn from it. Imaginary Enemies is one such intervention (and I do encourage you to seek others), dealing particularly with the way the myth of the white supremacist outside agitator struck so many and ultimately convinced far too many people to capitulate to the state’s narrative surrounding the events and, crucially, the meaning of the uprising. Despite the miniscule node of truth in it—a few white supremacists did participate in the uprising, but ultimately mostly to protect businesses from looting, as opposed to all the speculation about who really lit the AutoZone on fire (and really, who cares?!)—this narrative served to delegitimize the uprising in a number of ways. Imaginary Enemies is an incisive account of those effects and well worth the read for anyone with an interest in last summer’s events. Available to read, download, print, and share for free on Ill Will Editions, and available for purchase in print at friendsmn.com—check the latter out for more zines and other anti-cop sundries, proceeds from which benefit those in legal trouble related to the uprising—twice as nice! –jimmy cooper (Free digitally at illwilleditions.com, $3 print at friendsmn.com)