E. is Letting Her Black Geek Girl Flag Fly Erika gives her perspective on geekin’ it in the South … 30 years ago. Check her out over at CNN. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 6 thoughts on “E. is Letting Her Black Geek Girl Flag Fly” Add yours Huzzah and thanks for this Erika! I loved what you wrote because I could relate to it on so many levels! I was and am a black girl geek growing up and living the same time as yourself but in Canada. I only difference I would say between your experience and mine is that I was big into StarWars, Wonder Woman, Batman and the Lantern Corps, but I also had a big thing for fashion, couture, museums, art and Audrey Hepburn. So it was rather hard for people to see my likes and accept that I loved them all. It worked for me and still does. You just got to be you! And I am glad that you are you and that your kids and your friend’s kids have a good strong black female geek role model! Thanks again for sharing your path! : ) LikeLike Reply Thank you, Rhonda! LikeLike Reply Nice piece! And I love that you’re asked to escort a geekling to the comic shop, steering them the maze of options! You should wear a hat, get ‘Geek guide’ printed on it… ; ) LikeLike Reply (Should read ‘through’ the maze, etc.) LikeLike Reply What an amazing post! Thank you for posting. Much like what was posted here and in response by Hepburn, I too was an uber geek growing, and still am. Loved SciFi and comic books as a kid, have been a musician most of my life, with an intense love any/everything John Williams, as well as an ultra history fanatic – be it WWII, military, US, etc. Being a black female coming of age in the late 80s/90s in the South who transitioned to a predominately black public school after spending the prior yrs in all-white private academies, I did mask some that to fit in with others, but realized that I wasn’t being fair to others (or myself) by not showing the real me. Now, my friends, who are just as diverse with their interests as me, accept me for who I am and I them. Being a “geek” or “nerd” isn’t a bad thing nor should those who fit that label feel they need to hide their true personality/loves from others, because there may be far more of us than we know. But, if not, at’s cool as well. Makes life more interesting that way. Thanks again for the great article! LikeLike Reply Thank you, Mishka! It’s been nice to hear from people with such similar experiences, and it sounds like ours were very much alike. I’ve always thought there was something particularly challenging about growing up that way in the South 20-30 years ago. How times change! LikeLike Reply What do you think? Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.