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Are You A “New Ni**a or Are You “Woke?”

By Michael Harriot

During this period of racial unrest and police brutality (And by “this period” we mean anytime between 1555 and this morning) it is important to know which side of the fence you stand on. There are some people (Cam Newton, Lil Wayne, Ray Lewis, Raven Symone etc) who believe they live in a post-racial America where racism is a thing of the past and the fight for Black Lives is an irrelevant movement founded on irrational fear, media sensationalism and misunderstanding. Superproducer Pharrell Williams and Rza call thse people who share their philosophy “New Blacks,” while we at NegusWhoRead have deemed them “New Niggas.” In the utopia of New Niggaville, the cries of every generation of Black people concerning institutional inequality, state violence and systematic racism are things of the past.

There are others, however, who watch the state of race relations in America and can only conclude that this country has a long way to go before all people are treated equal. They are embroiled in a fight to shine a light on the inequities that people of color face every day. These people are “woke.”

The problem is, Cam Newton thinks he is as woke as Colin Kaepernick. Pharrel Williams believes his eyes are as open as Jesse Williams. To rectify this problem and bridge this divide, we have assembled a team of psychologists, cultural anthropologists and people who wear dashikis to formulate a quiz so that you can know which category you fall into. Click the button below to take the quiz!

Are you a "New N***a" or Are You "Woke?"

Begin the quiz by pushing the button below!



About the author

Michael Harriot is a renowned spoken word poet, the host of The Black One podcast and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead. He is perpetually just getting warmed up because he has no chill. He is on Instagram and twitter as @michaelharriot

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