Respect is earned, not bought, lol?
That's because it's the poor who are more likely to commit crimes. Reason being: they're poor. Stealing and selling drugs just doesn't make sense when you're rich.
About "teacher's pets", I don't recall any correlation with money as opposed to things like 'desire to learn', 'willingness to work', etc. And the people (like myself) who could get away with stuff that most others could not were just the charismatic ones.
Also, you don't
choose the place of your birth. Why would you be proud of something that you didn't do? You could be proud because you choose to live like and belong to a certain people, but just because you were born within their borders, or your ancestors of some sort were? Particularly if you don't even speak the language.