Mar 29, 2010

The danger of a single story

I watched this talk given by Chimamanda Adichie (author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun) a while back, and it really resonated with me. She warns that hearing only one story about a people or nation leads to ignorance. In her words, "a single story can deny some people their humanity and their complexity."

We are all guilty irrespective of race, age, and gender of holding onto single stories.

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