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Girlfriendin' -- Dred Feminist Rant #15
Dred Feminist Rant #14 -- From the Politics of Inclusion to the Politics of Ownership
The Burning Cross -- Dred Feminist Rant #13
Cops & Beckys -- Dred Feminist Rant #12
From Walk Out to Vote Out -- Dred Feminist Rant #11


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Girlfriendin' -- Dred Feminist Rant #15


Dred Feminist Rant #15 – Loretta J. Ross 1-20-19

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 -- From the Politics of Inclusion to the Politics of Ownership

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 before.

The Burning Cross -- Dred Feminist Rant #13

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

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

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

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.

Ritualizing Social Justice -- Dred Feminist Rant #9

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

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.

Dred Feminist Rant September 2016

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.

Dred Feminist Rant #8.5 -- Black Men Against Rape?

Brothers disclosing when they've been sexually assaulted is an unintended, but welcome, consequence of the #METOO campaign. In the 1970s, at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, we counseled many African American men and boys who had been sexually assaulted by other men and boys. Prisoners Against Rape was started because the men who raped women outside of prisons, raped men inside. That was when i first heard Black men began speaking out against their own sexual injustices, but only rarely is the conversation broadened so that more brothers participate. I believe homophobia and transphobia prohibits more men and boys from speaking out. Where's the Black Men Against Rape movement?
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