The paper "The Role of Intercultural Communication in Addressing Cultural Discrimination" is an outstanding example of a management literature review. With the high prevalence of cultural discrimination today, the concept of intercultural communication remains of necessity as it plays a significant role in encouraging cultural diversity. The rapidly changing environment, which is impacted by migration, technology, travel as well as education, makes individuals be in contact with various co-cultures and cultures. Therefore, for individuals to survive the challenges related to issues associated with the changing environment such as cultural discrimination, they must embrace the concept of intercultural communication.
By using a critical lens to understand as well as interpret the varying cultural dimensions in their intercultural interactions, individuals will be in a position to embrace diversity thus reduce the prevalence of cultural discrimination. In effect, this paper aims to delineate the issue of cultural discrimination today and the role of intercultural communication in addressing the problem 2.0 Cultural Discrimination According to Fishbein (2014), cultural discrimination is associated with exclusion, restriction, or hate, which may be directed towards an individual or even a group of people based on perceived or real differences in beliefs as well as cultural values.
Equally, Neuliep (2014) posits that discrimination can often be expressed through direct and indirect means hence leading to harassment as well as denial of rights. Some of the two forms of cultural discrimination being experienced in the world today are religious hate and racism, which will be highlighted in the subsequent sections. 2.1 Racism Recent statistics indicate that at least one out of five people in Australia is a target of racial discrimination, which accounts for approximately 4.6 million people Hanasono, Chenand Wilson (2014).
Further worrying statistics indicate that one out five people in Australia have in one way or another been a target of verbal racial abuse (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2016).
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