The Danger of A Single Story

In this video, Novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares personal experiences about the critical misunderstandings and missed opportunities that can be created by holding a “single story” about a person or group of people.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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4 Responses

  1. December 31, 2015

    […] that remained consistent throughout the semester was the notion that through our socialization, we learn limited, single stories about people and groups who we believe to be different from us, and how power and privilege greatly […]

  2. March 1, 2017

    […] As someone with marginalized identities who has traditionally been viewed as outside of the dominantly defined scope of what  is thought to be considered “professional”, I have longed to be in a position to really critically unpack this notion; including acknowledging the power dynamics involved in who gets to define what that means. […]

  3. November 30, 2017

    […] Eurocentric framework. This literal erasure of the contributions of people of color only serves to reinforce dangerous messages that place a lack  of value on people of color and assert white […]

  4. January 25, 2018

    […] The Danger of A Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks a lot about power; the power to shape the narratives of what is […]

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