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must see potential and be able to acquire some compensation for their efforts. As a result institutions are not willing to put forth their efforts on lower economic status individuals who they feel have no chance at recovery. These are all presumptions that they may have and as a result no effort is focused on the lower class. This affects how lower-class individuals see their recovery because if no one else believes in them why should they believe in themselves. This causes them to believe they are not worth help and just perpetuates their addiction. Social inequality can be influenced by many things, but an important factor is individual and institutional discrimination. Discrimination is the unjust treatment of a certain category of people. Discrimination on an individual level can lead to social inequality because if a person is
2treated unjust and looked at as a minority by another person they can start to believe that themselves. Without the chance to prove themselves to someone they are automatically labeled and put into a category. The media plays a huge role in institutional discrimination because it determines how we perceive these minorities. Ithelps to shape people’s perceptions and expectations regarding particular groups. If there is this preconception about a certain person or category of people then they are not given the same rights and chances to advance in society.