Great. Yeah you have to stay up to speed and I think the reamining core of the 8.3 percent of us is doing that. But I still believe the H1-B visas (India China Southeast Asia, etc even Africa to a lesser extent) status of the 90's and 200 period knocked out many of our potential doers trading in computers learning for office/trade/etc learning because employers refuse to look their way like these lower wage and benefits foreigners who get company sponsorship. (Note: not against foreigners just pointing out relationships)
Yeah I believe the problem you pointed out with Black Americans can be traced back to college or trade school. Most of the foreigners try to find some way to get answers from one another (helping in some sort but I dont really believe it and it has become flawed in my opinion) which consume most of their on and off study time while black Americans use their extra time to fit in with the outside world leaving learning a 'classroom experience'.
So I agree if we are going to take the individual approach we have to have the determination to do things on our own.