I can’t believe it took me until now to watch Chimamanda Adichie’s profound TED talk about the danger of a single story. A friend shared it with me the day before I discovered that it’s one of the twenty most-viewed TED talks of all time.
This weekend (especially if you’re celebrating Independence Day), give yourself a gift and put aside 18 minutes to watch this. The talk defines the power of story to subjugate, the heart of stereotypes held by everyone – even well-meaning, kind people – and how they limit all of us. It is at times profound, wise, humorous, and hopeful.
And if you’re as moved as I was, you’ll quickly get a sample of Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun on your Kindle, start reading, and not be able to put it down. Enjoy.