Institutional Discrimination is when an Institution or Organisation like the police Force, Health Service, Housing, Employers etc, discriminate against minorities such as alcoholics, drug users, homeless, unemployed, smokers, HIV positive or Aids sufferers or ethnic minorities.
The police force were known in the past to discriminate against coloured people because they thought black people were beneath them, as the recent Stephen Lawrence case proves.
The Health Service discriminates against smokers, they blame every ailment the patient has on smoking and they have been known to deny people help because they say it is self inflicted, or they won’t treat the patient until they agree to stop smoking.
Institutions and society on a whole discriminate against people with aids or who are HIV positive, they prejudge them and stereotype them by thinking that everyone with aids or HIV must be either gay or a drug user.
Q2. Institutional Concept 1- Employment.
When a recovering alcoholic went for a final interview with a company’s CEO, she thought she had the job and that the interview was only a formality. This woman never hid the fact that she was a recovering alcoholic in any of her previous interviews, so she was shocked when after asking the CEO if he had any questions about her recovery he remarked “What makes you think that we would ever want someone like you to represent our company?” and the job offer was withdrawn.
This was a blatant act of Institutional Discrimination, which denied this lady the opportunity of a senior management position in a Corporate Organisation and left her devastated, with a poor self-image and low self-esteem. At that time the woman was ignorant of her rights and felt powerless as a person with a disability to do anything about it.
Institutional Concept 2- Military.
The Military at one time were very bad for discriminating against ethnic minorities. They denied them opportunities for promotion, denying... [continues]
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