Chimamanda Adichie: “The danger of a single story”
I love, love, love this speech. Everything in it applies to everyone in some way, regardless of race, nationality, religion, etc. I’m sure we can all come up with instances where we assumed that a certain group of people were one way based on “a single story” we’d been told, and were surprised to discover that that group is more diverse than we thought and more similar to us than we thought.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes in not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” -Chimamanda Adichie
Please watch and enjoy! :-)
I’ve had this bookmarked for ages, and seen several people refer to it, so I finally sat down and watched it. It is utterly brilliant.
“An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)”via Occupy Sweden
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