Black nerds, ‘Blerds’, are challenging stereotypes

March 2021
Black nerds, aka Blerds, are challenging the stereotype of nerds being white and spectacled.

There’s always been nerds who happened to be Black. Still, they didn’t fit the stereotype the media wanted to portray.

That’s been changing in part sparked by Barack Obama becoming the first Black and Blerd president of the US and the success of Hollywood Blerds such as Ava DuVernay and Jordan Peele, reports The New York Times.

Also, attitudes have changed and it’s now cool to be a nerd. On top of that, Black comics superheroes, including Black Panther and Falcon, are getting more screen time.

Those factors are contributing to Blerds’ claim for a place in pop culture. They’re also changing society’s preconceived notions of what Blacks and nerds look like.

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