After spending 10+ years in a predominantly white upper-class environment I started to notice some trends. While I should have noticed it sooner, I was dealing with other issues.
In the aforementioned community I had a trade - I performed computer support and technical assistance to a wide variety of people. I would be applauded as a genius, a wizard, the computer guy ..
Note that I never saw myself as that, but instead spent copious amounts of time trying to teach people how simple computers actually were - once you understood the framework. Still, I never thought I received enough respect for my services.
In retrospect, despite the verbal praise that I received, very few actually accepted me.