Your entire story sounds like what I heard over and over again from law school students when I worked on a news series for CBS Chicago. I kept hearing current African-American attorneys talk about the significance of mentors and why they weren't really guided along. They passed the bar and were still left flying solo. No real-world experience. No going into courtrooms. Just memorized a book and said, “K Bye!” It just feels like any career that's leaning toward six digits is not going to get the support it deserves for folks who were never expected to reach that level anyway. Hell, sometimes anything on the other side of $50K can, too.
And if you need more proof, Dem Rep. Al Green’s question to bankers pretty much sums it up. Not one hand in the air: