Slate has a story about the assumed competence of Asian-American males in the computer science field. The author says that he was no wiz-kid programmer, but that he was given opportunities to develop his skills without anyone challenging his right to be where he was. This isn't a story about a guy who didn't deserve to be where he was, but one of a guy who was not actively shut out of his chosen field because of stereotypes about race or gender the way women and other people of color were, and simply allowed to learn and grow into the professional he is today.
Imagine a world where we encouraged everyone the same way.
His story also reminded me of this: