This ‘Black Nerd’ Poet Reveals Batman’s Real Superpower, And It Ain’t Flying

"It really needed to be said."

Poet Omar Holmon has a thing or two or 10 to say to Black nerds everywhere.

Inspired by the work of Jennifer Falu's "10 Things I Want to Say to a Black Man," the spoken word artist recently shared "10 Things I Want to Say to a Black Nerd" at Camp Bar's weekly Button Poetry night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Holmon playfully starts off with a clear statement, "It's so hard being a Black nerd," before he releases a heavy sigh and the audience giggles.

On a more serious note, he goes on to point out the lack of Black characters in the books some Black nerds read. Still, "it's not the color but the content of the character that keeps you reading."  

He digresses by point No. 4 when he reveals what he believes to be Batman's real superpower. And it ain't flying, but instead "White privilege."

"That has nothing to do with the rest of this poem," he added. "I just felt it really needed to be said."

He also felt the "Black nerd girl" was worth praising by describing all the things about her that drives him wild. But it's probably Holmon's comparison between Game of Thrones and Biggie Smalls that really defined what it's like to be a geek while Black.

He adds, "Nerd is the new Black because everybody wants to be a nerd, but don't nobody want to be a nerd."


Listen to Holmon's full poem below:


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