The other day, I wrote about Kony2012. I was (and still am) very affected by the message in the video, and I support the Invisible Children in their attempt to make him a household name in order to stop him.
Since then, there have been plenty of articles bashing the cause and while they all agree that Kony’s offenses are horrible and need to be stopped, they don’t agree with the cause or think that Invisible Children is legit about their finances.
I’ve read all the articles about that side of things. If you haven’t, I encourage you to – educating yourself is a good thing, doing your homework on a cause is important. After reading this post by Grant Oyston, my eyes were open further about the matter. I still think that Kony needs to be stopped, and I disagree with the notion that “something isn’t always better than nothing”. While this post did make me question the integrity of how this organization spends their money, I still support their efforts to stop Kony. Besides, Invisible Children responded to the questions of their financial statements, and in the 2011 Fiscal Year they were spent 80.46% on programs that further their mission; that’s pretty damn good. Any organization has overhead costs and needs to invest money to keep it going, that’s a given.
Then, I read an article that basically says KONY2012 is just more “White suppression”, more of Idealistic Westerners thinking they have to save the helpless Africans. I can’t tell you how angry that made me, that my want to help another country equals out to me thinking I’m a white savior. Um, no, I definitely don’t think that at all, thanks. Fact of the matter is, Kony has been doing the same, horrible, unspeakable things for 20 years. If Africa could fix it, I’m sure they would have by now.
I also hear people ranting about how the Uganda government’s army is just as guilty of rape and looting. That may be so, unfortunately that’s an issue within a lot of armies due to pack mentality. I’m not saying I approve it (because I don’t), but in order to change all of that, you have to start somewhere. Kony has been at his horrible offenses for so long now, that I honestly think that stopping him is a priority. You have to start somewhere.
Then, of course, there is the fact that a lot of people believe our effort and time should go towards fixing problems in our own backyard. We should be just as educated about problems in Canada and America as well, and we should also care about stopping bad things from happening here. But in order to make a difference, you have to start somewhere, and if spreading the word of Kony2012 and buying an action kit is how you start making a difference, do it. I think this is a great opportunity to get people educated on the going ons in this world.
If you’re still doing your homework on the Kony subject, I suggest you read this interview of a Political Scientist’s opinions on Kony2012. If you’re leery still about donating money to the cause, that’s fine. Spreading the word is enough to make a difference.
And before you get mad at people for posting a billion Kony related things on Facebook, just think about this: would you rather see a billion Farmville updates on Facebook, or posts about Snooki’s pregnancy on Twitter, or would you rather see people taking an interest in world matters and politics?
I know what I’d rather see.
What are your thoughts on Kony2012? Do share.
To watch the video that’s stirring up so much political debate, click here.