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My Response to Ann Coulter’s Article in Yahoo.

SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION, please read. By the way, THANK GOD IT"S FRIDAY.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ann Coulter’s article on Yahoo posted on November 13th, titled
"TO SPEAK TO A NIGERIAN PRINCE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE, PRESS ‘1’ NOW" is one that demands a reaction. (link below)

Folks, There is a reason why national, spiritual, financial corruption is so dangerous and also why collective silence is no longer an option. Here’s my response.

Dear Ann,

I almost lost my ‘happy’ mood this morning after reading your article. The content and context of the article greatly misaligned and alarming as it led me down a slippery slope to frustration. The issues of healthcare and immigration are some of the bigger issues facing our nation, I agree with you yet you lost me…rather quickly. You deviated quickly from the issues and painted a damaging picture on the psyche of many Nigerians. The pen is indeed mighty, yet I wonder if you know that truth.

Your article reminded me of the powerful quote by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and I know he will once again be proved right. This is what he stated, "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

As a Nigerian American, the broad brush used here is shocking and appalling. I find the words of the Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie extremely applicable in this context, in her TED speech (see link below), she spoke on the danger of a single story.

Ann, you are victim of a single story.

Chimamanda said, "our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories." She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Ann, you are at risk of "critical misunderstanding."

Finally, I concede it’s going to be challenging to dialogue but I want you to know that the obvious issues facing our nation, America are big enough that using the backdrop of another nation’s culture attacks the very fabric of America’s diversity.

Would you consider visiting Lagos sometime soon? We can make the necessary travel arrangements. Let’s start the process of correcting the single story perspective.

Do let me know
‘Flo Falayi
Ph.D (c) Organizational Leadership
Founder, Relationships Do Matter
@holyflo

Ann’s Article: http://news.yahoo.com/speak-nigerian-prince-health-care-press-1-now-000008077.html

PS: The Danger of a Single Story
http://www.npr.org/2013/09/20/186303292/what-are-the-dangers-of-a-single-story