As if growing up a nerd isn't hard enough, growing up black and nerdy is a particularly unique experience.
Cliché depictions of blackness in popular culture often neglect the diversity of being black. Black nerds know the struggle of identifying more with Tuvok or Geordi LaForge, rather than rap stars or basketball players. There's also the challenge of not feeling black enough or nerdy enough for either identity. However, black nerds aren't one dimensional, and we are clearly aware of the ways race intersects with geek culture.
There are certain moments that every black nerd has had; from that one white friend who only considers you "technically" black to family members who don't quite "get" your interests but love you the same. These 10 illustrations perfectly capture the challenges and joys that come with growing up a black nerd. Check them out below.
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