this particular argument of undeserved low confidence and intimidation really seems to apply to women.
Try going up Black in the inner city surrounded by drug dealers, crime, police brutality, poverty, etc...
See what that does for self-esteem. Or growing up in Appalachia. Heck, or rural Texas for that matter.
One thing I'm slowly learning...none of us has a lock on misery. There is always plenty to go around.