I really hate the distinctions of how smart someone is. "Intellectually superior?" Please. That sounds so snotty.... perhaps people who place themselves in that classification are discriminated against because of their attitudes.
I think this thread would be much more focused if the orginial question has been posed about prejudice in particular, rather than simple discrimination. Discrimination is in no way a bad thing... I discriminate when I opt to eat salad over french fries... we are always discriminating.
Now, regarding the "racial formation" thing- I disagree. In everything I see, I notice that it isn't primarily skin color that lumps us together into different groups we make cover statements about. It is a similarity in interests and lifestyle. Depending on the stage a person is in during life, this can be any number of things: Music taste, career goals, mutual acquaintences, hobbies, leisure activities, sports, etc. A lot of teens hang out with people who have similar taste in music; a lot of black people like rap music, and hang out together. White people, and people of other ethnicities that like the same genre of music tend to also enjoy similar lifestyles, entertainment (jokes, movies), and speech patterns (which I think is one of the biggest prejudicial standards. People ahve a tendency to listen to a person's use of words and pronounciation and make any number of assumptions about that person.) I don't think anoyone would disagree with me when I say that many, even most, African Americans have certain inclinations in speech patterns, clothing style, and mannerisms. As black culture eventually started gaining acceptance in pop culture, people of different ethnicities began conforming to some of these stereotypes, creating an entireyl new one; not that black people act in a certain manner, but that people who act in a certain manner are acting like black people.
And that is where preconceived racial prejudice comes into account. One's notions of what black people are like automatically figures in to the equation: If you like black people, you'll like this person; if not, you probably won't.
Obviously, this is very over-simplified. Nothing is black-and-white like this, and most people will give a person a chance regardless their racial/social/cultural background... however, prejudices do ahve bearing on how open-minded or forgiving of human flaws we will be with a particular individual.
That's all for now. I haven't even gotten to what bugs me the most.
"Love is a piano
dropped from a four story window
and you were in the wrong place
at the wrong time." -Ani DiFranco