http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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This is a beautiful woman who is an incredible speaker. I was assigned this video for a paper last yr for a college Psych class. The message here is so true and she explains it wonderfully. How easy it is for ppl to believe something as truth just because its the story theyve always been fed. Im glad to see comments by some in Jr High school & High school saying this was a required assignment. If more people at younger ages hear this message perhaps the future generations will have more open minds than what some of us older generations have experienced.
African immigrants to America need to listen to this lecture before forming their opinion about the Black-American community as a whole. Too often, a single story (lazy akatas, uneducated, ghetto, violent, criminal, etc) of our condition becomes our ONLY story and the totality of 45,000,000 people.
Today's media commonly portrays the single story in regards to opposing sides of political dialog.
It is often used as a strategy to demonize certain sects of people that others will know little about-
be it immigration or poverty or the hot seat marijuana issue. You hear one story of each of these things-
they'll steal american jobs, they are uneducated, or it will prompt you to take harder drugs.
The "single story" refers to how easily persuaded someone may be about specific stories and things. For example she talks about writing about ginger beer even though she had never tasted it before. The concept of the "single story" is found largely in media today. The media is able to twist stories to make people believe certain things about other people, ideas, or countries. Due to the large use of media information like this can spread like wildfire and soon everyone is persuaded that something will happen/happened a specific way. Because one side of the story is all we may hear the information is morphed into a completely different story. Personally, I think the idea of a "single story" is interesting. It was interesting to hear how someone can be so easily affected by this just based on what they see and hear.
A single story she may have left out is the rancorous way foreigners see and address an ambitious set of Africans from Nigeria, who feel unbearably chocked by a lack of an adequate base at home to showcase their class and hence have to abscond to foreign lands.. We mean no harm. We want the same things u want which is to excel in a world were humans would literarily someday be able to board a shuttle to Mars with ease. (Smiles)
Much respect, Thank you.
Many Africans coming to the USA have been super nasty in their hatred for brown Americans. I did not raise our.Daughter to try and NOT
disrespect people as a guest of their country, or your own.
I also read Baldwin, etc.
So why are we in the West endlessly told that all Western civilization ever did was evil, that Israel is an apartheid-fascist-oppressive-occupationist-supremacist-evil state (I've been there, so I saw how much it is a lie), that white males are losers, that people from Mexico and other continents (joke) are all absolutely wonderful, that every Western country is run by racists, etc. etc.? Why do we have on college campuses every sort of diversity except the diversity of views and opinions and stories, and anyone who says anything different will be at best demonized and at worst unemployable for life?
She too is not innocent here. She too is questioning only what is PC to question, carefully avoiding anything that will make her leftist / liberal audiences uncomfortable. She says exactly what the audience expects, so she reaps the adulation. This is an echo chamber. This is how "Great Leaders" are made. This is how Hitler and Stalin rose.
Yes, a single story is dangerous. Especially when It's false. There should be many stories. Not just one leftist narrative.
I am the only thirteen year old in my school who loves TED talks. I have two big tests tomorrow and I am back, watching this talk to relieve stress. I can't even begin to explain how much I appreciate these talks from these wonderful people. I wish more kids my age loved these talks as much as i do.
I really loved this. I'm sorry to say that I had been enveloped by the single story. Before this, I viewed Africa as a continent very differently. I hope to keep learning and not get trapped in the single story. I want to here others stories too.
As a speaker for over 20 years, I have many many friends in Nigeria, however, this speaker is one of the most profound speakers I have heard. Power story about the single story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PH5rEsHIVc
I once commented on @Wiz Khalifas post where by I suggested him not to tell his son that poverty it is in Africa only...A Kid so smart and was being told that he needs to put unwanted TOYS and clothes away to be sent to Africa...what kind of mindset that this kid will have when seeing and African person