The biggest difference is you had more black teachers in the 80s and 90s. Especially if you lived in a nice sized city. In the 00s white teachers started infiltrating the schools where the students were predominantly black.
If you're a productive member of society who's living right and holding ya sh1t down, what's not to be proud of?
Conversely, how does being part of a certain generation give a person a sense of pride if that person is a sh1tty ass bum of a human?
It's like when racist white folks claim superiority by listing accomplishments by members of their race knowing damn well they haven't accomplished (nor have the mental capacity to accomplish) anything in this world except for literally existing and running their mouths. This "group valor" mentality is one of the worst tribal traits that humans have, trying to elevate themselves off the work of others who only share the most superficial of bonds with them. That's some pathetic sh1t.