The Danger of a Single Story

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Randa ElFouly
The Danger of a Single Story - A speech that was said by Chimamanda Adichie that inspired me to write this report.

Chimamanda Adichie began talking about this thing she liked to call “a single story.” The Danger of a Single Story is about having a one sided perspective on different cultures and countries. She explains that she originally had a single story of writing because as a kid, all she had read were children’s books from America or England and all the characters in these books were stereotypical white children. Adichie said that this one and only perspective she had of books reflected on her personal writing as a kid because all of the characters in her stories were stereotypical white children. She goes on to give other examples of single stories or single perspectives and how they can influence people’s thoughts of a culture of a country.’ I can agree with Adichie when she says a single story is a quick way to misinterpret someone, or someone’s culture or country. I know I, myself, do that along with everyone else in this world and maybe this is the reason for so many differences within our culture; people being too quick to judge. From this video, I learned to not have just a single story: to not believe the one perspective I have seen or heard. We need to see other people’s stories before we make a conclusion on a single story. All in all, believing a single story could indeed mean danger. We cannot have a “single story”, or a single thought of anyone because if we do, we will never see the “paradise”, or the good things that is alive behind that single thought.

I think the intended audience for this video is Stereotypical Americans who believe Africa is a place of disease, poverty, and nothing good. This video serves for an audience who are stereotype towards any group of people or society. As above, the danger of a single story is that we will not see that there is more to people than we think. We will lose the opportunity to...
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