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The issues facing black players are the same issues that have been facing black people for decades – misrepresentation, stereotyping and latent prejudice,” Saint said. “When Jason Richardson won Philly Geek of the Year, he talked about the fact that black nerds are often introduced as ‘the whitest black dude I know’ – as if it was impossible to be both black and nerdy (no disrespect to Weird Al). So I think there’s this kind of unspoken rule that once you’re 'accepted’ into nerddom, the experiences that led you there become irrelevant. That kind of whitewashing prevents a lot of black stories from being told, and it’s hard for the community at large to pay attention to issues they aren’t even aware of.