“The Danger of a Single Story”

Chimamanda Adichie is a critically acclaimed Nigerian writer who attended a TED Talk conference where she delivered a lecture titled, “The Danger of a Single Story.”   Here’s a brief sample of her speech.

Chimamanda said Palestinian poet Rumi Bugatti wrote that the best way to dispossess a people is to begin their story with secondly.  Chimamanda added that if you start a story with the Native Americans shooting arrows instead of the arrival of the British, the story is entirely different.  If you begin a story with the failure of the African state and not with colonization, again, a completely different narrative.  “Show a people as one thing, as only one thing over and over again and that is what they become.” They become that definitive story in the minds of the public.

Please watch the rest of Chimamanda’s lecture at the website listed below.  Currently “The Danger of a Single Story” has 3,633,772 views.  It’s that interesting. http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

*TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit that brings together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers during its twice yearly conferences.  Speakers deliver lectures in 18 minutes or less, on a wide range of topics.  TED makes the best talks and performances available at ted.com.


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