"American Exceptionalism" ?
Commonly in the United States we look for the "exceptional individual". Examples of exceptional people might include: Martin Luther King, Jr., John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln. Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Clara Barton, Helen Keller.
Often, the exceptional person is seen as the "exception to the rule". Black People may be seen as generally not "very intelligent", but Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is somehow different from most Black People. Katherine Johnson, the NASA computer wizard in "Hidden Figures", was was Black, Female and a computer wiz - an exception to the rules.
A lot of people are "exceptional" because we do not nurture their efforts and because they break the stereotypes we have of them. It is interesting that George Floyd has been made such a hero. It is possible that he was drunk when he was arrested. A part of a biography of him states:
A blue-collar worker, Floyd was also an early contributor to the development of Houston's hip-hop scene and a mentor who was active in his religious community. Later, he faced several arrests for theft and drug possession; in 2009, he made a plea deal for an armed robbery, serving four years in prison.
In 2014, he moved to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, finding work both as a truck driver and a bouncer.