You're black, your parents die during your childhood, you're placed into the foster care system. You go to Stanford and earn an engineering degree. Then you go to Northwestern for your PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.
You're thankful to all the people, black and white, along the way who supported and encouraged you. Still, you wind up face down on the pavement with a swarm of police beating you for stealing your own car, falsely charging you with resisting arrest, and police joking that you're lucky they didn't shoot you. An arrest is now on your record even though you weren't convicted and all the gory details are just a google away for prospective future employers.
In July, Lawrence Crosby wrote about his 2015 arrest.
Last week, he settled with the city of Evanston, IL for $1.3 million.