When you get 10 million eyeballs on something you are obviously going to get a lot of opposing opinions, as has become abundantly obvious to me with this video. I’d like to thank everyone who sent me articles that present strong arguments against the organization Invisible Children, most notably here, here(for which I agree with him and changed the title of this post from Kony 2012 to Joseph Kony) and here. I recommend you read them all. You can also read Invisible Children’s response to some of the critique it’s been receiving here.
I did not ask anyone below to donate money to this cause, because that is a very personal decision and it should also be an educated one, as I wrote about here back in July. You can view Invisible Children’s financial statements here and form your own opinion on whether you’d like to donate money or not.
I did ask for others to share their voice on this and here is why. I think that this man has got away with this for too long. I don’t suffer from “white man’s guilt” as some writers suggest, but I certainly do suffer from mother’s empathy. My children go to bed safe in their beds each night and I sleep sound knowing that some madman is not going to take them from their beds and turn them into child soldiers, not to mention rape and mutilate them. There are mothers across the sea that do not sleep so well. My heart breaks for them.
Joseph Kony is a terrible man who has committed crimes against children for 30 years now. Sadly, I would bet most know more about Kim Kardashian’s ass than what this man has done. That’s not meant as an insult but merely a statement on what our society values. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to change the channel and raise awareness. I’m ok with spreading the word. I understand if you’re not.
My stepson is 18 and has grown up in the Facebook generation. Despite the fact that he still ignores my friend requests, I am encouraged that he is on the right track when he sends me YouTube videos like the one he sent me today about the Invisible Children. Viewed almost 10 million times now, it is an incredibly powerful short film. You must take 29 minutes out of your day to watch this. Really, it is probably the most important thing you’ll do all day….possibly this week, maybe this year.
Watching it, I couldn’t help but cry. But mostly I got angry. Let’s file this one under a World Gone Mad, because can you tell me how the hell a man has been able to kidnap 30,000 children for 20 years? It’s not like we don’t know who’s responsible, for Pete’s sake? Yet one more indication that we’ve got our priorities all screwed up when something like this can continue for this long and nothing has been done to stop it.
On April 20th, I’m going to lend my voice to this worthy cause by helping make Kony famous. For that one day, my blog post(s) will be about Joseph Kony and the atrocities he’s committed. I will write about it on my page at the YummyMummyClub and I will write about it here. No sponsored posts, no songs, no travel, no recipes. Just Kony. I will also direct my Facebook status to the Facebook page of Invisible Children.
Here’s the challenge to my blogging friends. I invite you to do the same. Just as our youth will be plastering Joseph Kony’s name everywhere on the streets, I’m encouraging my blogging friends to plaster the internet with his name. For one day, let’s focus all our attention on making this bastard famous and helping to bring him to justice.
Let me know below if you’ll be joining me April 20th.