Dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
The aforementioned “best minds” (Ginsberg’s writer and artist buddies) would search 1930-1940s NYC for drugs. Many of the neighborhoods in which the “angry fix” could be found had large black populations, since heroin and other drugs had already begun to ravage American ghettoes; hence “negro streets.”
In addition, many beatniks were inspired by jazz musicians, including the great Charlie Parker. They would be in the “negro streets” at this hour to listen to jazz (in nightclubs and the like) as well as seek out a high. At this time, these streets would most likely be in Harlem.
“The negro streets” could also be read as a reference to the lack of street lights just as the sun begins to rise, the streets still dark wearing night-time’s darkness.
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