It's why I have a HUGE problem when folks imply that "they" get the best of us. The 'best' has come to mean certain standards--standards which, on their own, mean nothing. There's nothing wrong with being educated, but there are educated fools, and there are plenty of intelligent folks--BLACK folks--who have not gone through the traditional educational system. They are self-educated and rely on natural gifts to carry them through life, and they are often the folks, when sh-- hits the fan, who can survive in the roughest of times. "Success" is relative; what is the nature of an individual's "success"? You have to think about quality of character. It's misleading for a Black person to think "self-preservation" and "race consciousness/loyalty" are conflicting characters. We need to avoid falling for the propaganda.