Posted by: unhcragd | October 10, 2009

The Danger of the Single Story

“Show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again.  And that is what they become.”

Nigerian Novelist Chimamanda Adichi  tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice in this talk from

Click here for a related link on writing about Africa.



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  3. Wow, I am impressed and inspired, watching this lecture this morning. How profound and helpful, since I am both aware, how labeling and judging influenced my own life story and that of each person in my life by making a whole life into a single story and I am also more and more into writing stories myself. Seeing judgement as “the single story” is such a beautiful metaphor to clarify the dehumanizing effect of labels and judgements and it is also very practical, because that is what judgement is, just one story. And also it makes clear, that that is really really, what a big part of relationships is all about in human life: the telling of a story. Thank you for this fresh perspective.

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