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The Dangers Of A Single Story

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“My roommate had a single story of Africa: a single story of catastrophe,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says during her TedTalk on “The Dangers of a Single Story.” There is more to the story, however, not all of Africa is in need yet from all the advertisements we see every day about them, as one thing repeatedly that is what they become. The popular movie “The Birth of a Nation” released in 1915 perpetuates this by exaggerating stereotypes of African Americans showing them as animalistic and drunks. Adichie warns us how media like Birth of a Nation affects the single story while the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee tells us how protagonist Scout learns to put herself in others’ shoes as she grows up. These all answer why the single story is so dangerous, it emphasizes how we are different rather than similar.
Our society gives in to the single story and takes it too far by releasing the movie “The Birth of a Nation” in 1915. This movie portrays African American people wrongly with impressions that they are lazy and evil. For instance, showing an African American person getting a quick sip of whiskey and putting their foot on the table while in the State House of Representatives. Next, they are shown as malicious because they push white people off sidewalks and are sexually aggressive towards white women. NAACP executive secretary Mary Childs Nerney even mentions that the effect it has “cannot be estimated” and that echoes of it can be heard wherever she goes. This
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