In the documentary titled Stand Down with Scott Pelley, some things come up that are important in society. People seem to ignore the predicaments that the other people are going through in society. Others stand up and help people to regain their dignity. Other tend to look at what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses in her speech as the single story in the “Danger of a Single Story.” The volunteers who chose to help the veterans get decent housing and other amenities are part of the people in the society who decide to look at a broader perspective and to ensure that the people are given what they need to succeed. The single story is that the veterans are drug addicts, homeless and hopeless when in real sense, they are people who need support so that they can enjoy life just like the other people in the society. The single-story harms the veterans because it portrays them negatively in society and makes them appear as though they are people who are not important in society. Such a perception tends to discourage them and prevents them from doing the things that are beneficial to society. Limitations of a single story are that it only gives one side, and most of the time it’s the negative one hence limits the potential of the people being useful in the society. One of the efforts that should be made to change the focus on the single story is by having an open mind when dealing with issues and making sure that both negative and positive sides are well represented. The benefits of dealing with a single story are that it makes people see their potential. The assignment teaches me to look at various sides of a given scenario before coming up with conclusions with regards to some issues in the society as opposed to focusing on the negative issues that the people face in the society.
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (2009, October 7). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg&t=15s
Homeless veterans: Stand Down. (2011, July 10). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xIT-yhZ4RU