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Gray Academia started as a one-off text post by now-deleted tumblr bcchnl. In the post, they say, "im creating a subgenre of dark academia called grey academia. less classism and less subtle racism. less drugs and alcohol. less wildly expensive colleges and clothes. still with the biting chill of the autumn wind. instead of tweed and carefully pressed suits it’s denim jackets, flannel, and combat boots. everyone carries sketchbooks where they can draw in their long droning classes or write down quick notes or ramble about their feelings. everyone fights to make academia more accessible to the masses. everything is vaguely punk rock and no one dies"