institutional discrimination

(noun) Policies and practices favorable to a dominant group and unfavorable to another group that are systematically embedded in the form of norms in the existing structure of society.

Example: Legalized slavery and voter suppression. Institutional discrimination is not always intentional such as school funding based on property taxes. More affluent areas will have higher property taxes and thus more funding is funneled to local schools and those students receive an unequal advantage compared to students in other areas.

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Usage Notes:

  • Individual discrimination is in contrast to institutional discrimination.
  •  Types:
    • institutional racism
    • institutional sexism

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