America, as a society, has fallen into the trap of drastically lowered expectations. We make heroes out those who merely do what should be expected of them and go to great lengths lauding what is normal or, at least, what should be considered the normal, baseline behavior for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
We praise and reward young minorities who come from the ghettos and barrios for simply doing what other kids do every day without praise. Americans literally treat them as heroes if they go to school, don’t join gangs, stay away from drugs, and/or refrain from siring or bearing bastard children of their own.
We certainly don’t similarly praise or reward the vast, normal majority of our youths for such behavior. Instead a large segment of society claims that they unworthy of praise, or even the fruits of the labor, because they are somehow privileged.
Personally, I can think of few greater injustices than lowering the expectations of a culture to the point where we glorify those members of that culture that behave in a manner that we demand from our own.