So yesterday I saw the video that I'm pretty sure the entire internet has been talking about, KONY 2012. Which is here if you want to watch it (for the first time or again).
And wow! I think I burst into tears about 10 times. I can't remember the last time I felt so moved. And so I've decided to get involved. I ordered the action kit. I'm planning to cover the night. Or...cover the day, or afternoon, you know, whatever I can do.
I have also spent a good deal of time reading criticism of the movement, particularly behind the organization responsible, Invisible Children.
There has been A LOT of strong emotions and arguments occurring since this went viral. And I've read most of them. I encourage you to do the same. Blind faith in this day and age is tough, and hero worship, which I think is happening a lot with the founders of IC, can be even trickier and more dangerous.
Here's the thing though. I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. And yet, I still feel that the good outweighs the bad in this case. IC has been criticized for not having a Ugandan on their board (they should). They've been accused of dumbing down the issue (and they have, but...I believe it was done in good faith to make the most impact--we're living in a twitter world--messages have to be flashy and FAST), and there is also the issue of...if we succeed, now what? Is IC too naive?
I have no idea. I don't think IC has the answers, and I certainly don't. I don't even know what's going to happen in the next scene of the novel I'm currently writing. But the main goal behind Invisible Children does seem to be exposure. And they're doing an amazing job. They are creating a fire and a passion in everyone who sees this video. People are starting to know who Kony is, and they want to get involved.
An open dialogue is forming, one that matters.
Despite any aspect of the group that might be off focus or imperfect, no one can say that a day spent discussing the horrible crimes of Kony over what Kim Kardashian did last week is a bad one. They may not be the perfect organization or the best one for this mission, but they're onto something here, something amazing. And if it encouraged someone who never heard of Kony before to learn more, to do some research, to take a stand, I think it's good. So yes, I am in favor. No, I'm not following blindly. But, I will do my part.
However small that is.
What do you guys think?
Visible Children (this link has practically broken the internet, hopefully it will work for you)