The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“The Danger of a Single Story.” TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation

Source: "The Danger of a Single Story." TEDGlobal 2009. Jul. 2009. Conference Presentation Additional Information: In this quote, from her TEDTalk presented at TEDGlobal 2009, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie is saying that the arts and literature in particular have traditionally been presented from the perspective of the dominant culture. This is a problem because it creates an incomplete worldview by excluding the perspectives of other groups. Watch the full TEDTalk here: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story