Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story” reveals that stereotypes are incomplete assumptions often perpetuated in the media that people tend to blindly believe. Becoming aware of this issue is critical to developing an open mind and is necessary when creating our own personal values and beliefs. We may begin to reject the single stories in our lives by withholding absolute judgements until we have experienced the subject first-hand, or gathered information from several, trustworthy sources. When Chimimanda first moved to the United States, her American roommate was taken aback by her ability to speak English, her understanding of basic household appliances, and her seemingly Westernized taste in music. After spending a few years in the United States, Chimamanda began to understand why her hapless roommate would make such strong assumptions about her. She reflects that “if [she] hadn’t grown up in Nigeria […] [she] too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and 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). This highlights the fact that Chimamanda’s roommate made assumptions about African people based on the portrayal of Africa in American media, such as charity advertisements. She admits that the only reason that she has an accurate idea of typical African cultures and lifestyles is because she had lived in Africa and experienced it herself. Chimamanda experienced the same problem from the opposite perspective when she travelled to Mexico. At the time, political tension between the United States and Mexico were high, and there were many negative stereotypes about Mexican people being perpetuated in the news within the United States. When Chimamanda arrived, she felt a “feeling of slight surprise.”, because the joyful, pleasant people that she saw didn’t match the prefabricated image in her head of the devious criminals and immigrants that she had heard about (8:42). This is another quintessential example of needing to witness a primary example of something in order to make an accurate judgement or assumption about it. In general, people make assumptions based on their personal experiences. As a result, the best way to get an accurate judgement of something is to experience it first-hand. That being said, it is unreasonable to assume that one will be able to experience everything that they will be judging in person, and as a result, they are forced to use other people’s accounts to create their own judgements and inferences. This becomes an issue because people can 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.