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What it’s like being the only black nerd in the room

by / November 20, 2011 Business 2 Comments

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So where are the geeks? Watch “Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley” at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET November 19 on CNN.

Growing up in Dothan, Alabama, Makario Lewis knew there weren’t many people like him.

He was a black nerd and it confused a lot of people around him. It was easy for him to grasp that there was no way he could fit the socially accepted notion of a black male, but it wasn’t easy for others.

Nerds are traditionally the target of bullying taunts in American grade schools, but usually for having thick glasses, being a know-it-all and having an obsession with niche topics. But as a black nerd, the teasing takes a different direction.

via What it’s like being the only black nerd in the room – GeekOut – CNN.com Blogs.

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  1. I know the feeling and it’s a good one, because you know you are representing the truth about black people, that truth being that not only are we not inferior in any way, but quite often we are superior, if only given a chance to demonstrate our “gifts”…

  2. Joyce Christie-Taylor says:
    November 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    I know the feeling and it’s a good one, because you know you are representing the truth about black people, that truth being that not only are we not inferior in any way, but quite often we are superior, if only given a chance to demonstrate our “gifts”…

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