The paper shows that in connection with institutional race discrimination, one should also touch upon the subject of reverse discrimination. The notions are in fact interrelated and interdependent due to the fact that reverse discrimination performs the role of a ruse, which is used to draw away people’s attention from the serious problems connected with institutionalized discrimination that still exists in some changed forms of institutional behavior. The charge of reverse discrimination is a reaction to certain affirmative action programs that more particularly have an influence upon white men. Nevertheless, in the definitive scheme of things, white people’s suffering is rather small compared to that scale of suffering from institutionalized discrimination, peculiar to people of color.
It becomes evident that there are various ways of perception of people with distinguishing appearance. The scope of this perception may be different as well. However, there are cases when racial or ethnic discrimination becomes institutionalized. In such a way, governments and organizations encourage individual racism as well, which may intensify social inequality and racial segregation that apparently still exists in today’s world. Power, in this case, is a necessary precondition because of the fact that it mostly depends on the ability of institutions to give or refuse to provide some people with social benefits, or services and opportunities on the grounds of their racial background or national origin, which therefore results in racial inequalities.