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Tuesday 10/20 from 1:40 to 1:55
Pem D Buck explains that whites in early America had created white privilege as a result of the Bacon Rebellion. Buck explains that white privilege at the time was the result of white workers defining what white actually was. Buck goes on to explain that one example of this was that white women were supposed to work in the home. This meant that others, particularly immigrant families were not seen as white. Buck uses the Irish as an example; the Irish immigrants that came to the US were usually poor and entire families had to work to survive. Because of this, the Irish and other immigrants were not seen as white at the time. This continued as Asian and Latino immigrants had to work in whatever conditions they could get. When the Asian and Latino families worked, they did not work in the conditions that a white family would and were thus seen as foreigners and unable to assimilate, as Ngai had pointed out many immigrants were.
1. What does Chimamanda Adichie mean by "one story" and how is it harmful? To whom and in what ways? During the TEDTalk, Adichie refers to a people having "one story." She explains that this one story is a narrative or an image that one group of people have about another. Her examples include her American roommate believing that all Africans were poor and uncivilized, that she had believed her servant's family to be poor, and that she had equated Mexicans with immigration. The one story in all cases oversimplifies complex issues. She explains that her family was middle-class, but her roommate did not understand that there were different classes in Nigerian society. The roommate had only one image of Africa, that it was poor. She also explained that she too had listened to the one story of others. She had listened to her mother speak about their servants and had the "one story" that they were all poor. The "one story" is harmful because it stereotypes entire groups of people. It oversimplifies their struggles and their culture. At the same time, the "one story" make others ignorant, at least until they learn several stories about the same group. It makes one group seem backwards and the other unworldly. The one story might contribute to prejudices in the world as well, if the narrative is presented is negative.
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