If you have ever wondered how bigotry and prejudice take root, then Chimamanda Adichie has a great warning to us.  IT begins in believing that an entire people can be characterized by a single story, all Ethiopians are starving, All whites are oppressors, all Mexicans are lazy.  Stereotypes like this breed strife and distrust, but these stories are always incomplete and partial at best.  Her words, “The consequence of a single story is that it robs people of dignity,” are words that need to be heard.  They need to be heard by everyone who struggles with seeing people from a single vantage point.  You can hear the 19 minute talk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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