Is "Niggas of New York" Racist or Nah?
On this edition of "Racist or Nah?," we'll be taking a look at the newly created Facebook page entitled "Niggas of New York," or "NoNY." While the name of the page is rather scathing, it is apparently rooted in comedy.
Looking to be an alternative take on "Humans of New York" and "No Your City," the mocumentarian Facebook page takes its name from the former. Adding a smidge, pinch, or garnish of comedy— if you will— the captions are whimsical tales woven of ghett0-ness and ratchetry, looking to represent a "realer" side of New York. Gone are the heartfelt tales of old ladies who have been best friends forever, dentists who were once cabbies surviving only by the skin of their teeth, and doctors from other countries who can no longer practice in the place they call home. Bump all that fancy shit and rigamarole, and bring on that hood shit!May we present to you: "NoNY" aka "Niggas of New York."
"Humans of New York" paints unique, and at times breathtaking, stories about triumph and salvation, usually attained while trudging through the muck and the mire of the unforgiven New York City streets. NoNY, however, tells it a little bit different. Take the story of the madame below for example: they like to keep it blunt, crass, and at times all about the grass... or ass.
"Addressing Economic Inflation"
Speaking of grass, as we mentioned in the previous slide, the good folks at NoNY keep it crass, but in the same vein highlight many issues faced by what is evidently a large population. Those who partake in atmospheric herbal offerings may be quite familiar with this one. Dutches went up to $3 a pop, you can't scoop single packs of roll-up anymore— NOW THEY'RE SELLING $6 DOLLAR BOXES OF THESE STALE JAMMIE JAMS! SMH.
"Passion for Fashion"
"Giving Back To The Community"
Here we have a gentleman faced with the task of completing a community service sentencing. While he regrets having to do such trivial and demeaning work, he has let it be known that it has left him remorseful. He vows that he will, in some way, change in the future for the betterment of his disposition and hopefully for others, in addition to making sure the streets remain clean.
In an unexpected move– even to the page's dedicated and confused fans— "NoNY" addressed this summer's string of "police brutality" incidents with this message:
"Let it be known that Niggas of New York are taking a stand against police brutality. We lost an innocent soul in Eric Garner recently. May he rest in peace but let his murder also be heard around the city and around the world. Something has to change in the New York Police Department. For starters, get rid of that monthly quota that's been a known 'secret' for years.
Rest in peace Eric Garner"
While the corresponding comment section is full of approval, dismissal, confusion, and dismay, the folks at "NoNY" still move with a moral compass and took their satirical platform to address some very real issues facing New Yorkers.
Racist or Nah?
While we don't condone the use of the "n-word" in the title, we understand the place from which it comes. Our deduction? Yes, NoNY is a little bit on the racist side. However, its aim is to provide a glimpse of the "other side" of New York.
It's less about the stories of coming to the land where it was once told that "the streets were paved of gold," and more so about telling the story of from a "realer," satirical, and "hood" angle. New York is a place made of millions of individual stories, a myriad of transgressions, success, failures, and anecdotes.
While we may not appreciate when things are shown through a murky and sometimes ignorant lens, it all becomes the various threads of a unique and handsome tapestry that presents a story of the varied New York experience.
The page is relatively new, having been created on July 10, and who knows how long it will last. Some of it will have you cringe, and some of it will be so familiar that you may nod or click through begrudgingly. But at the end of the day, it is rooted in satire and comedy. It speaks of the desire for a certain experience to be had and shared. Perhaps the page was created by someone who feels like they're excluded from the "Humans of New York" demographic. Hey, we thought it was funny.