Taking cue from Michele Cliff (1980) a radical identity praxis serves to “[claim] an identity they taught me to despise.” This work must take place at the root – which is how radical is defined – transformation at the root. As Black folx in America, our roots have, very simply, been cut. Obviously not in terms of DNA – which is indelible – but the tangible hi/stories that are shared branch to branch, creating connectivity and identity across generations. Resolving these cuts for Black Americans, requires reflection and action – a praxis (Freire, 1970/2000.)
Origins of Radical Identity Praxis
Radical Identity Praxis [RIP] began as a writing curriculum to support identity affirmation and community engagement. It has developed into an ethnographic journey toward an everyday practice of liberation for and with Black folx. RIP is rooted in Black storytellers, critical race theory, Black feminism, and considers liberatory education frameworks. RIP unapologetically disrupts anti-Black racism and is necessary to affirm and heal the intersectional/generational identities of Black folx, making the claim that #BlackFolxAreRich.
As an LLC, Radical Identity Praxis, serves a three-fold purpose: researching, re/presenting, and consulting.
All are predicated upon the Movement Cycle noted below.
Creating an opportunity where I can sit down and talk with my mom and uncles about their experiences growing up in South Carolina has made me and our entire family stronger.