>> many deliberately avoid academic and STEM fields because their own peers disapprove of it.
Break it down. Where do you get your information from? The addressing of any problems
requires understanding the framework in which they work, which begs the question.
Institutional discrimination, impoverishment from colony establishment, obfuscated history,
and extremely biased education create the problems you speak of.
In some ways, yes, the black kids you talk of are being told they cannot achieve, in
wide-scale ways, from their marketed culture, to their lack of family structures, to their
loss of history, knowledge of who they are in the world, and a myriad of other ways.
Understanding why these things exist leads to one of two conclusions: 1) that for some
reason 'these people' can't seem to get it together, either due to genetic or cultural deficiencies
or that 2) their destruction was systematic, planned, and on-going, in such an extreme way
that precludes all notions of a segregated society where everyone 'gets along'.
The only words of wisdom available now are "don't trust a conquerors history, listen to the oppressed."