According to Adichie (AutoRecovered).docx

Consider a time in your life when you thought or felt

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• Consider a time in your life when you thought or felt like you had a single story about someone else or a group of people: What caused this single story? Were there multiple factors, or just one thing? Do you still have this one narrative about this person or group of people? If not, what changed your perspective? I too believed in the stereotype that middle eastern men where terrorists and I came about this belief because it’s all the media had to speak about the people of this region, a single damaging story but I had in mind that this wasn’t all they represented but I cant help myself when I see a middle eastern man wearing a thawb dishdasha ( is an ankle-length Arab garment, usually with long sleeves, similar to a robe, kaftan or tunic. It is commonly worn in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq) from feeling uncomfortable and wanting to get away from them especially when they carry a bag.
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I continued with this attitude until i met a friend from Pakistan named Baker Salahat and from him I learnt a great deal of the Middle East culture, some of whom were Catholics, Jews and Muslims. My friend was a Muslim and told me on how they hate what these few do in the name of Allah. Most country have issues of people shooting and using bombings to scare and terrorize the masses but none of them carry the weight of this stereotype as this particular group. • Stereotypes are often formed through single stories. (See #4 in “interpretive questions.”) Often (but not always), relatively powerful people or groups of people perpetuate these stereotypes— over other people, cultures, countries, etc. You may have heard the statement that “history is told by the winners,” or some variation thereof. Consider: What role does power play in forming stereotypes? What kinds of stereotypes—of groups of people, or places—do you know of, and how do you think these stereotypes came to be what they are? Power as a factor of stereotype. For example, Mexicans in America today are portrayed by the media and people in power like President Donald trump as criminals and immigrant who break the laws of the country by sneaking through the boarders. This is true to an extent only that America by their constitution is the home for all comers seeking salvation – refugees, asylum seekers, poverty ridden etc. Some media portraying this narrative does so to instill fear amongst the populace but most time harboring ulterior political motives thereby creating a racial divide. 4. What reasons does Adichie give for her ambivalent feelings about categories? Why do you think she nonetheless identifies, however, with her background, gender, and other features? Categorization doesn’t relate the comprehensiveness of a given situation or event because the narratives are single stories it requires in-depth study of a situation requiring primary source of information to be able to give a comprehensive narrative of the particular situation that explains Adichie’s ambivalent position with most stories including hers. We can only give out what we
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