The Dangers of the Single Story

One of my goals with this ministry is to simply "Tell the Stories." There are so many stories I can tell about this ministry...stories about God's great provision, about His love for people, Haitian families transformed, Haitian culture, and the list goes on. There isn't one single story I want to tell. There are many stories. In this interesting TED Talks video, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, warns about the dangers of "The Single Story." Although she speaks primarily about Nigeria, the same can be said about Haiti or any other country.

Here's a few important remarks she made:

(5:05) My roommate had a single story of Africa. A single story of catastrophe. In this single story, there is no possibility of Africans being similar to her in any way. No possibilities of feelings more complex than pity. No possibility of a connection as human equals.

(9:35) So that's how to create a single story. Show a people as one thing, and only one thing, over and over again and that is what they become.

(13:22) The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they aren't true, it's that they are incomplete.

(14:00) The consequence of the single story is this: it robs people of their dignity and makes recognition of our equal humanity difficult.

I hope this website gives you a glimpse into some of the other stories about Haiti and the Haitian people. If you do have a single story about Haiti, and many Americans do, I hope you will take a few minutes to check out the video gallery to watch even more stories, because there are dangers of the single story.