In 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a Ted Talk about the risk of a one story.
As a child in Nigeria, she wrote about what she experienced examine in other stories, which generally highlighted white American or British characters. Her characters have been also white and drank ginger beer, something Adichie experienced under no circumstances tasted. But shortly she located characters of coloration, and her stories began reflecting her own experiences. From that she found out what we shed by listening to from only one position of look at.
“The one story results in stereotypes, and the issue with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete,” she says in the lecture. “They make one story become the only story.”
In the United States, the risk of a one story is however existing. According to the 2019 Diversity Baseline Study by Lee & Low Guides, seventy