By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD.
I'm a professional historian. I do my research. I have a PhD. What does my race have to do with it?
When I got my PhD, it was a time when there were just no jobs for PhDs. Period. PhDs were getting the lowest paid technician jobs, if they were lucky, in any kind of science.
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.