Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story” reveals that stereotypes are incomplete assumptions that people tend to blindly believe when they are perpetuated in the media. It is critical to be aware of this issue when creating our own personal values and beliefs. In order to truly develop an open mind, we must learn to reject the single stories in our lives by withholding absolute judgements until we experience subjects first-hand, or gather information from several, trustworthy sources. When Chimamanda first moves to the United States her American roommate is taken aback by her ability to speak English, her understanding of basic household appliances, and her taste in music. Chimamanda spends several years in the United States and soon begins to understand why her uninformed roommate had voiced such strong assumptions about her personality and culture. She reflects that “if [she] hadn’t grown up in Nigeria […] [she] too would think that Africa was a place of […] incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner.” (5:44). Chimamanda’s roommate made assumptions about Chimamanda based on the stereotypical, one-dimensional portrayal of Africa in American media. Chimamanda was raised in Africa and therefore has an accurate idea of African cultures and lifestyles. Chimamanda realizes this concept from the opposite perspective when she travels to Mexico. Political tension between the United States and Mexico are high, and negative stereotypes about Mexican people are perpetuated consistently in the news within the United States. When Chimamanda arrives in Mexico, she is greeted with a “feeling of slight surprise”; the joyful, pleasant people that she sees contrast the prefabricated image of devious criminals and illegal immigrants that she has been naively brainwashed to believe (8:42). This experienced further demonstrates that one needs to witness a primary example of something in order to make an accurate judgement or assumption about it. It is unreasonable to assume that everyone will be able to experience everything the judge firsthand, and in many situations, we rely on the experiences of others to create our judgements and beliefs. This becomes an issue because people may consciously or subconsciously alter the truth based on their own values and beliefs. Because of this, it is important to receive information from as many sources as possible to fully understand the objective data that you are making assumptions about.