The Danger of the Single Story

Today’s #TBT post is a TedTalk video I posted about a year ago.  Chimamanda Adichie, author of “Half of A Yellow Sun,” talks about the danger of the single story. We have all believed in the single story at some point in our lives – even now, many of us believe the “single stories” we hear on the news or read in the papers. We believe the limited information, many times, turning the tale into a stereotype. We end up missing out on the “more” that exists in any given narrative.

She states, “The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.”

Take a listen. What do you think about “the single story?” How dangerous do you think it is?

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