Its called choice.
One can choose to use all the resources available to them within their reach to be as successful as they can be (note: this does not mean every person gets to be rich).
Or one can choose to give up. That is where the "did" and "did not" comes into play.
Excusing those who "did not" because of their race isn't going to help them any.
Without the handout they were minimum wage earners. Why? Because they're lazy and stupid, and had no desire to be anything other than lazy and stupid. Now don't misunderstand me, I am not saying that minimum wage earners are all lazy and stupid, and I do understand that there are people who - by circumstances out of their control - find themselves having to take minimum wage employment. But for those who genuinely want to do better, that will only be a temporary condition, as the cream rises towards the top and the **** stays right at the bottom.
Why do people make certain choices? There is a path of experiences and circumstances OUTSIDE OF THEIR CONTROL that influences their decision-making process. I didn't choose to be born into a middle class family or be put into a private elementary school or to have supportive parents or to have the countless other experiences (some of which I probably don't even know impacted me) that enabled me to make positive choices as an adult. That is the path I'm talking about. When you break a person's position in life down to mere "choice" you ignore that path and end up living in an alternate reality.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields