With Black History Month now upon us, I figured it’d be a good time to help out many of the non-black gamers and nerds with a little bit of guidance. What kind of guidance? Well, let’s just say I’ve had one too many awkward conversations arising from weird questions other nerds ask me about being black. Nothing’s wrong with it, it just helps to know going in that your fellow black nerds are just as nerdy as you for all the same reasons. All the same, let’s just address the elephant in the room and discuss, as I like to put it, eight things you SHOULDN’T say to black nerds.
8. You look just like Urkel!
Look, we get it. There haven’t been too many great nerdy representatives on television… Milhouse, Screech, the entire cast of The Big Bang Theory, just to name a few. But honestly, few have stuck out with the general public as much Steve Urkel. As charming an icon as Mr. Urkel is, he certainly does have quite the grating personality and not the most flattering fashion style out there. Here’s a little advice for all you non-black nerds out there—putting some glasses, no matter how large, onto a black person does not automatically make him analogous to Steve Urkel. It’s very much how it feels when your mom asks if your D&D night is anything like the Big Bang Theory. Yeah.