Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Every now and then, I come back to this TEDTalk by Chimamanda Adichie.

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

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

Chimamanda Adichie.