Paired Texts > The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
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In "The Danger of a Single Story," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of not allowing one story to construct your understanding of the world.Pair “The Danger of a Single Story” with “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal” and ask students to discuss how stories can shape how we see the world. How did Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s experience with stories shape her views of the world? How did the narratives that the media created about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan shape how the public viewed Kerrigan’s attack?
In 1920, a grand jury convened to investigate eight Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from gamblers.Pair “Eight White Sox Are Indicted” with “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal” to provide students with another scandal in sports history. Ask students to discuss what drove the baseball players to accept bribes? How does this compare to the motivation behind Jeff Gillooly’s orchestration of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan? How were all those who were responsible in the two scandals punished? Do students think the consequences were fair? Why or why not?
In this article from the Monitor on Psychology, researcher Melissa Dittmann explores the circumstances that drive people to commit immoral acts.Pair “What makes good people do bad things?” with “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal” and ask students to discuss why people do evil things. How do students think Jeff Gillooly viewed Nancy Kerrigan in order to validate his actions? How might he have minimized his responsibility for the attack by hiring someone else?