A single story is a view of something

A single story is a view of something, someone, or somewhere that only shows one side of the coin. It is incomplete and possibly bias. Chimamanda Adichie told her experience of a single story which outlined the negative effects of people only learning one stereotypical perspective about another country or culture and basing their own interpretations and identities to it. Her story started by her reading American and British books that had white, blue eyed, apple eating, ginger drinking children who only talked about the weather. She didn’t know any better, so she thought that was the “normal”. However, when she got older she realized that not every person has those certain qualities. She began reading African books where she learned that people like her did exist in literature and that it was okay. This brings up the importance of diversity and individuals being able to learn and embrace their own identity. Although some may claim that bias and having multiple sides to a story isn’t dangerous, Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie proves that a single story can create a disconnection and a misrepresentation between people of different cultures and has contributed to the cycle of stereotyping.

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