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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

I have been having a twitter exchange with a couple of people (you know who you are LOL) and the point one person made is that "Black people only make up 2% of the population of the UK and there's definitely a larger percentage of us on tv."

I had no problem with that. For me its not the number of Black people on tv or even other minorities that is the problem. My problem is they seem for the most part in mainstream tv and media only to reinforce the negative stereotypes of black people. I am not unaware of the fact that every stereotype is based on the fact that a few amongst a group of people might actually be what the stereoypical view is but those few don't tell the story of all. There are different stories, opinions and views amongst a group of people and these stories should have a chance of being heard too.

Personally I'm not demanding more black faces on tv. I just wouldn't mind different points of view and stories of minorities being able to come through into the mainstream arena. I am just tired of the negative stories being reinforced but then again it is said the only news that makes the news is bad news.

To fully understand what I mean you NEED to watch this video below. It is Nigerian female award winning author Chimamanda Adichie giving a short talk on the topic "The Danger of a single story" It says it all. It expresses how I feel and the point I was trying to make above in such a profound way that until you watch it to the end, this blog I just posted will not make any sense LOL.


shala said...

Brilliant woman with a poignant topic. Thank you for sharing this Karl. I am going to pass this on.

Plumbline said...
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Karl Nova said...

yeah and she is Igbo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Plumbline said...

She is Nigerian, She is Igbo..and she does not fit the

African Magic movie channel has not helped matters too though...

Ps: aawww..sorry I wrongly deleted my earlier comment..

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