I am Latino. I am a minority. I was raised by a single mother on welfare and came to this country from Cuba for a better life. Through welfare, Pell grants, and student loans I was able to change my socio-economic status and become what people like to call part of the 1%. In reality I'm more part of the 30 to 33% but that's beside the point.
I believe that when you start at the bottom as I did and you work your way up by whatever means (i.e. hard work, student Loans, government programs, etc.