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This Wonderful Thread Celebrates All the Black Nerd Moms Who Introduced Their Kids to Science Fiction

 

Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in "Black Panther" (Credit: screengrab/Marvel Entertainment)

Film and television writer ReBecca Theodore-Vachon recently tweeted about the origins of her own nerdom, and in doing so, sparked a heartwarming conversation about all the black parents who’ve inspired their kids’ love of all things geek. Theodore-Vachon wrote that both she and her friend were introduced to science fiction through their black moms—an experience that directly contradicts the gross argument that sci-fi fandom somehow “belongs” to white dudes.

Other users quickly chimed in to share similar experiences with their parents.

Whether it was X-Men: The Animated Series

… or Star Trek

… or Octavia Butler’s books …

… or The Twilight Zone

… black women have been passionate fans of it since the beginning. And just like any other passionate fans, they’ve been introducing their favorite films and TV shows to their kids and their friends to spread the joy.

The would-be gatekeepers of nerd culture often try to act like women of color are some sort of recent addition to the fandom: interlopers and latecomers who are just faking now that superhero movies dominate the box office. But, as we’ve always known here at The Mary Sue, that’s blatantly untrue. Women of color, just like every other marginalized group, have always been here, whether they were starring in the original Star Trek, reading the earliest superhero comics, or writing groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy books.

(via SYFY Wire; image: screengrab/Marvel Entertainment)

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