RACISM AND MINORITIES Racism is basically the mistaken belief that one race, nationality, ethnic group, or religion is superior to another, making the object of racism be treated as if they were inferior. However, racism is not the prerogative of the majority. It is also practiced by minorities, sometimes as a defense mechanism, and sometimes as a means of taking out their fury on someone they deem inferior. There are many examples. For example, it is an unfortunate fact that blacks, who have been the targets of racism ever since their ancestors were brought over in slave ships, have their own "color" standards. Pale, nearly white. So--called "high yellow", or sepia-toned blacks consider themselves superior to those who are an ebony color. For the most part, they have been deemed descendants of farm laborers, or worse, and are considered the lowest rung, even intellectually, of the African -American "race". For proof, look at black actors and actresses. Perhaps the only two truly "black" well-known performers are Charles P. Dutton, who had a TV series and is a star on Broadway and TV as well, and "Homicide: Life on the Street"'s lieutenant Giardello, Yaphet Kotto. Male and female "stars"- Halle Berry, Diana Ross, Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby, Will Smith, Brandy (among others) are Negroid, but not "black". Black performers used to be the maids and butlers in the early movies, but with stardom comes discrimination. It may not be blatant racism, but if given a choice between a truly "black" actress with talent and a Negro actress who has that "Caucasian" look (thinner lips, straighter hair, etc.), the Halle Berry types will win out just about every time. For some time, the development of "Negro" colleges, such as Morehouse and Florida A & M frowned on accepting white students. Today, strangely enough, there are many whites applying for, and being accepted, by one-time "Negro" Colleges.