A Single Story (audio file)

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A song written by my student Jeffrey Hack in response to Chiminanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story”.


I'm tired of feeling abandoned

These words are getting to my head

There's no way out, or to come about

Judging me by who I am

Stop trying to be something else

Instead go better yourself


These words need to stop right now

You're not helping anyone out

I know that it's wrong to be on the other side of criticizing someone else


We have a single story that we can't wait to say

But the truth of every matter is it isn't there to stay

We think so much about every negative in our way

And we find out that we're awesome at the end of every day


We need to stop trying to create something that is fake, a disgrace to the amazing human race


Read more about this assignment in my blog post Empowering Writing.