This relates to how there is a race gap in the STEM fields, which is partially due to the fact that people of color believe that STEM jobs are not for them.
In “Who’s a Nerd Anyway?” Benjamin Nugent discusses Mary Bucholtz search to discover who is a nerd. What Bucholtz discovers is that most students who identify as nerds are white. These students have developed their own style and culture, choosing to reject the culture other white students follow, which would black culture. Bucholtz call the nerd students, who reject black culture, hyperwhite. This can further reinforce the idea that nerds are supposed to be white. Nugent writes “One nerd girl Bucholtz observed performed a typically nerdy feat when asked to discuss “blood” as a slang term; she replied: ‘B-L-O-O-D. The word is blood, …That’s the stuff which is inside of your veins.’” Instead of explaining what “blood” meant in slang terms, the nerd girl offers the literal definition of “blood”. The nerdy girl refuses to discuss slang terms, which are mainly used among