Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ted Talks

During English class, we were shown a video on TED Talks, where a Nigerian lady: Chimamanda Adichie, gave a lecture on the dangers of Single Stories. The idea was that people stereotyped all races, which lead to unnecessary discrimination of some, and idolization of a few. I believe the point of her talk was to spread awareness, and tell the world that people should understand and get to know a certain person before coming to a conclusion on their personality and what they would be like. Adichie also mentions that this has been fed by Western Literature, where western authors describe Africa as a place of immense poverty and lack of resources.

I thoroughly enjoyed the talk because it was not only engaging, but had a focus point which I had a strong interest in. Chimamanda Adichie helped me understand the difference between racism, and generalization through Single Stories better as well.

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