This is a thread about how institutional racism works.
In the 1950’s SUNY schools & community colleges offered FREE tuition to local students. My mother-in-law, who is white, took advantage of this program and received her degree from SUNY Buffalo in Speech Therapy.
When my father graduated from high school, he was not told of the opportunity for free tuition because black students were routinely not informed of the opportunity for a free college education.
My father always had a talent for repairing electrical appliances. Radios, televisions, refrigerators - anything that was powered by electricity, he could fix it.
He also had a head for math . He heard the military might be a good place to earn a degree and gain job experience.