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Blerd is a portmanteau of "black nerd". Blerd describes people of color who enjoy things nerdy and geek regardless of gender, skin tone, sexuality, etc. The term became popular during 2006 when Donald Faison aka Turk stated he was a blerd in season 6, episode 2 of Scrubs titled “My Best Friend’s Baby’s Baby and My Baby’s Baby.” Since then, it has become a popular term among the poc nerd community.[1]

Why Blerd? Representation Matters. Quite simply, blerds were not traditionally shown in the media and have had little representation in pop culture. Not only that, but when the intersection of African American and nerd culture come together, sometimes we see or describe things a bit differently. Blerds tend to add their own bit of flavor to the mix when talking about all things nerdy.

There is a convention, held in the Virginia/Washington D.C. area annually called Blerdcon. And in Brooklyn, New York in 2017 and 2018 held Blerd City.

Calling yourself a blerd doesn’t mean you want to separate from anything. It only means that you are telling the world that you want to still identify with the part of you that makes you ‘black’

— Geek Soul Brother

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