Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
Welcome to Day 3 of the Racial Justice Challenge
We begin with Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, who stated in her TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story: "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." She goes on to say, "The consequence of the single story is this: it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult."
Let's get started. Stories help us connect with one another and build empathy. Today's tasks are focused on growing our set of stories by listening to people of color with a wide range of lived experiences.
1. Listen to Adiche's TED talk. (18:33 minutes)
Please Note: After the Challenge ended, we learned that Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie had made comments that diminish and marginalize trans people, as discussed in this Vox article, this Time article, and in this journal article. Although Adichie's talk about the danger of a single story has important messages - with its focus on representation, diversity of experience, and perspective taking - Adichie's later comments do not afford trans people the same considerations that she advocates for in her original TED talk. The responses linked above add to the notion of how dangerous, and oppressive, a single story can be, especially when someone else is telling your story. Kat Blaque contextualizes the contradictions of Adichie's rhetoric, and addresses intersectionality within her own story, in this commentary. As you work through the original Challenge material below, we ask that you incorporate the stories described above in your reflection on how to move beyond a single story.
2. Actions You Can Take Today to Move Beyond a Single Story
The suggestions above are a few of the approaches one might take. Below are other ideas that participants shared during the challenge week.
NOTE: This challenge originally took place August 3-7, 2020. Comments are now disabled, but please reflect on the question in the board and scroll through participants' responses.
3. BONUS Actions
Nice job! You have completed Day 3 of the Racial Justice Challenge. Take a few breaths, and join us tomorrow when we look at issues of race in the media.
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