Dred Feminist Rant #15 – Loretta J. Ross
A dear sistafriend of mine was in a bad accident that
totaled her car. She called to tell me about it the next day. It gave me the
opportunity to check that she’s all right, and then talk seriously to her about
girlfriendin’. Listen, after you call the police and your insurance company,
your next step is to call your posse! I mean your girlfriend who will go with
you to the hospital, be your personal Lyft, call your job, take messages, pick
up your prescriptions, talk to your family, and tell the entire world not to f*ck
with you today because this is YOUR TIME TO HEAL!
Dred Feminist Rant
#14 – November 6, 2018
From the Politics
of Inclusion to the Politics of Ownership
For the past 40+ years, I’ve been part of a legion of Black
feminists demanding that our voices and perspectives be included in the women’s
movement. This was a worthy goal that many of my foremothers also took on and
I’m proud to have been a strong link in that chain of freedom.
But we’re at a different time now. Black women have revealed
the soul of America in today’s election, just as we’ve done countless times
The Burning Cross – Dred Feminist Rant #13 – September 7, 2018 –
Loretta J. Ross
I love it when white supremacists inadvertently out themselves.
During anti-abortion protests in Washington, DC, they sometimes plant crosses
to symbolize the fetuses they purportedly mourn. When I first saw these crosses
in the 1990s, I quipped then they should simply set them on fire to come out of
the closet. Now white supremacists are burning their Nikes to rail against
Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful take-a-knee protests against police brutality.
Cops & Beckys -- Dred Feminist Rant #12
I’m moving to a new city next year for a new teaching contract as a Visiting Professor. I’m excited about the new university and the new town. They’re paying me enough to afford a short-term rental in a very high-end gated community. Before sending in my security deposit, I paused and reviewed the recent news about the precarity of Black lives. There's a new way that white supremacy affects my living choices.
I’m an older African American woman. While I can afford to live in a predominantly white community, can I risk it?
From Walk Out to Vote Out -- Dred Feminist Rant #11 -- March 14, 2018
I am so proud of the students today who walked out of school to protest gun violence and the cowardly politicians supporting the NRA. I hope young people understand that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon as they organize the help bounce these puppet politicians out of office by voting as soon as they are eligible. My message to them: Don't ever let anyone persuade you that activism and voting don't make a difference.
The Politics of Denunciation – Dred Feminist Rant #10 – March 9, 2018
I’m reading the current controversy surrounding Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory and Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Although I don’t know either of these people, I’m worried that a black woman is being punished for failing to denounce a black leader, odious as he is. There is something wrong with this pile-on that is focusing on Tamika. And I’m calling bullshit.
This post is not to argue about or defend Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, misogyny, or homophobia.
Dred Feminist Rant #9: Ritualizing Social Justice
Loretta J Ross -- December 16, 2017
I just left yet another meeting that was supposed to be about envisioning what the future could look like for the social justice movement to plan a series of programs to address some pressing issues of the day. Things like white supremacy, the destruction of democracy, Black Lives Matter, the #MeToo
hashtag, the attacks on immigrants, the transfer of wealth to the 1%, the new Poor People’s Campaign.
Enough with Intersectionality!
Dred Feminist Rant #4 – ©Loretta J. Ross – February 18, 2017
I’ve heard and used the term intersectionality for decades. I give props to Kimberlè Crenshaw for coining the term, and I’m in awe of how it beautifully describes the multi-locational lived experiences of Black women, for example. However, I’ve become exhausted by its overuse and appropriation by those who don’t plumb its depth and goals and seem to think it’s a radical new word for describing how au courant they are.
in the Age of Trump
Excerpts from a talk by Loretta Ross – November 4,
2017 – Amherst, MA
Loretta Ross gave the keynote address as the
War Tax Resistance Gathering in Amherst, Massachusetts, on November 4. She
teaches “White Supremacy and Appropriate Whiteness in the Age of Trump” as a
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Hampshire College in
Note: These excerpts are just part of a longer talk; the full version is on
NWTRCC’s YouTube channel, linked at
Dred Feminist Rant -- September 2016: Irony keeps me sane. Irony is when an African American Democratic president has to save capitalism from Republican corruption as his first mandate in office, when capitalism invented white supremacy and the mythical white race only to make money. Irony is when Hillary Clinton tried to save the Republican Party from Donald Trump when that same party spent the last 30 years vilifying her mercilessly. Irony is when deplorable white supremacists get called out for supporting a racist candidate who launched his political career with birtherism, who now claims to want to support childcare as a means to encourage women to have more children. As Lily Tomlin said, no matter how cynical I become, I can't keep up.