^Actually "minorities" played a bigger role in a lot of history than the media have generally acknowledged. For instance, there were a lot of black cowboys in the American West. And a number of black people in history have achieved great things despite living in a racist society, such as George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. DuBois. Alexandre Dumas's father Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was biracial, the son of a French nobleman and a black slave, yet he became a general-in-chief in the French army, as did the Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture.