I found this woman, Chimamanda Adichie, to be absolutely brilliant in her description of the phenomena she calls “The Danger of a Single Story”.  Click here to watch the videoChimamanda-Adichie-lg
And here is an excerpt from the transcript:
I’m a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call “the danger of the single story.” I grew up on a university campus in eastern Nigeria. My mother says that I started reading at the age of two, although I think four is probably close to the truth. So I was an early reader. And what I read were British and American children’s books.

I was also an early writer. And when I began to write, at about the age of seven, stories in pencil with crayon illustrations that my poor mother was obligated to read, I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading. All my characters were white and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They ate apples. (Laughter) And they talked a lot about the weather, how lovely it was that the sun had come out.

Check out the video, there is a profound message.

 

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