A single story can function as another way to think of assumptions because you are only allowed to hear one side of the story and have to assume that the one side that you did hear was the truth. You also have to assume that whoever told you the single story is telling you the truth and that they got their information from a legitimate place. I really like how Chimamanda used the single story about Africa, I too had never taken a second look at Africa and just assumed that they were what everyone else said, a country that is suffering from starvation and poverty. I had never thought that maybe those people were only telling us half the story and that there still are places in Africa that are like the United States. I also like how she said that people too are making assumptions about her that may not be true. Chmiamanda said that when she came to the United States for college many people assumed she was from Africa because she was African American, they also then automatically assumed that she was a part of a tribe and wanted to listen to her tribal music. I think that this is a very important lesson to many people because it teaches you to not judge a book by its cover. It also teaches you that people are equal and that you should treat them how you would want to be treated. Her story makes me think about all of the people that have immigrated from Iraq because of the tough living conditions there and how when they moved here they were treated terribly. Many people assumed that just because they were Iraqis that it made them automatic terrorists, which indeed is not true.
I have many single stories myself. I too had the idea that all of the people in Africa were dying because of starvation and AIDS, which come to find out isn’t true at all and in fact a lot of places in Africa are just like the living conditions in the United States. I also found a link of many more of Chimamanda’s single stories or assumptions that I had never realized were just assumptions until I read this: http://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/the-single-story/ I totally agree when she says “white people think of black men as drug dealers with 13 children by six different baby mamas. I know someone like that, so it is not made up, but most black men I know are hard-working, middle-class family men. And it is not just me: half of blacks in America are middle-class. But you would never know that from watching American television – because there is no balance of stories.” I think that this is very true, all of the TV shows portray whites as hard workers with small close-knit families while blacks on the other hand are shown as druggies, pimps and are shown to abuse women or kids. I also think that the television industry is doing a poor job on showing the reality of the world and how people actually live, they are just showing what many people assume to be true, not what the actual truth is. I had never even taken a second thought about how the industries portrayed certain races until Chimamanda had brought it up.