“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
We often hear one story, or one narrative, and apply it to an entire group of people. The narrative we are told about the Middle East is that everyone there is either a terrorist or a victim or terrorism. Everyone in Africa is destitute and has HIV. The entire city of Chicago is a dangerous place. Chimamanda Adichie pleads with us to read more stories, don’t make assumptions based on one story, seek out other stories. That is the beauty of literature. You can learn without being told. You can decide what stories you want to hear. And you can find those stories at Eisenhower.
Watch this TED Talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and check out her book, Americanah at the library.