As part of the virtual All-School Meeting on Friday, November 20, MBS students watched “The Danger of a Single Story,” a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, which describes the dangers of stereotyping and making sweeping generalizations when you know only a limited amount about a person or group.
In her talk, Adichie describes how our lives and our cultures are composed of many overlapping stories. She describes how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story,” she says.
To watch the TED Talk, please click here.