There are two choices for a black nerd:
One – leave your black culture separate and join in the general definition of a nerd. Many have done so, as nerds and in general. Results may vary.
Two – be a nerd, but continue to embrace your culture and identity as a black person, and have them complement each other. It’s still a balancing act though.
It isn’t as black and white as I illustrate, but there are obvious problems with the first choice – self-identity, dealing with occasional insults that start out as “I’m not racist but…”. Choosing the second has its own issues, but it doesn’t mean you have to accept the term BLERD. Yet and still, here are some of my thoughts on the matter.