The danger of the single story

The danger of the single story
April 2, 2013 Dave Fullerton
In arts and culture, ideas

MANY PEOPLE IN THE WEST feel they have the right to comment on Rwanda even though they know very little about it.

Perhaps they only know about genocide, or if they are real experts they also know about gorillas and hills.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. 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.