Glossary of Terms

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms. ~Socrates

Blerd:  Refers to a Black nerd. The name reflects a subculture within a subculture. Mainstream nerd culture tends focus on whiteness to the omission of other racial and ethnic groups.

Race:  One’s socially constructed identity that is reinforced by history, social norms, and public policy.  Race is not a biological phenomena but is based largely on physical differences in skin color.

Racial awareness:  The ability to see the influence of race in any given setting.

Racism:  A system of advantage based on race in which both advantage (for whites) and disadvantage (largely people of color) accumulate.