The danger of a single story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigarian woman Adichie lets us realise how 'single stories' can limit our views and expectations of other people.

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This inspiring TED talk is key to understanding why so many people see 'Aboriginal disadvantage' where they should also see opportunity, why they talk of 'Aboriginal words' instead of, for example, Anangu words.

Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of 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.

Her talk helps realise why we need more literature with Aboriginal characters and black faces on television. How a single novel can shape fictional views, far from the truth.

She invites us to see things from two sides, to broadcast diverse indigenous stories and learn about the successes that, almost inevitably, expose negative stereotypical assumptions.

Chimamanda reveals universal truths which we should display in the shopfronts of our memory so we can remember them each time we use our brain.