Ways I See the New Humanism Taking Place Now
Since the presidency of Trump, I have seen so many ways the “new” humanism has sparked up in social media, magazines, and newspapers. I use the quotations because the concept of new humanism is not new. Frantz Fannon is widely recognized for analyzing and developing essays and novels as a way to discuss the question of this new humanism, where we as a people break away from the products of colonialism that only produces a machine of humanity; where we can develop the whole human being together, which Europe has been incapable of producing. This new humanism is the New Human Being, where it is a transformative, revolutionary thought that must involve the spirit of the unseen. The spirit of the unseen has been left out in the machine of humanity for Europe and the United States. This spirit is what makes us human.
So where do I see this new humanity taking place? I can talk about many things, such as Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, however the transformative work I see happening is within my own classroom. Taking Global Politics: Indigeneity and Decolonialty, I found the tools for developing this New Human Being, a way to create new worlds where the machine that eats the spirit of the unseen is dismantled, buried. Having read an essay written about indigenous peoples within the U.S, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia creating new humanism within the constraints of European and United States rule. The Diné Nation (Navajo Nation) use Western policies for punishment, however they incorporate a value that is central to their way of learning and living: they added to the Western structure of punishment an establishment of the person being punished being integrated back into the community. Another thing that is added is that the whole community is held responsible to how this person came to be.
Without this knowledge, I was unaware of how the new humanism was already taking place. Without this class, I would not have the tools to take me forward into developing a world where the new humanism exists and lives, breathes, moves, and creates to continue practicing transformative work. Specifically, Fanon asks us the question about what the new humanism may be in his The Wretched of the Earth, and where I see the new humanism growing is within the materials and heart of my course.