Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

I can’t believe it took me until now to watch Chimamanda Adichie’s profound TED talk about the danger of a single story.  A friend shared it with me the day before I discovered that it’s one of the twenty most-viewed TED talks of all time.

This weekend (especially if you’re celebrating Independence Day), give yourself a gift and put aside 18 minutes to watch this.  The talk defines the power of story to subjugate, the heart of stereotypes held by everyone – even well-meaning, kind people – and how they limit all of us.  It is at times profound, wise, humorous, and hopeful. 

And if you’re as moved as I was, you’ll quickly get a sample of Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun on your Kindle, start reading, and not be able to put it down.  Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

  1. I had seen this talk by Adichie a while back. I was absolutely touched by it. Infact I have started a community inspired by her talk that aims at breaking stereotypes based on race, religion or nationality. If you’d will like to join the community please feel free to do so. Lets contribute together and find a way to tackle this complex issue. Here is a link to the community. Feel free to join.

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