If you’re on Twitter or Facebook or reading blogs, I am sure you have heard of the Kony 2012 movement, started by InvisibleChildren.com.
No, he’s not a new presidential candidate.
He’s not playing any role in The Hunger Games or The Lorax.
He is a man in Africa that steals children from their homes and turns them into soldiers and sex slaves. He forces young boys to brutally murder their parents and snatches girls from their beds to put them in the beds of men. He is a monster.
As a momma of a little boy, that makes me MOMMA BEAR HULK SMASH angry. I look at Harrison and his blonde curls and try to picture him with a rifle in his hand and an intent to kill, but it shatters my heart before I can even fully imagine a world like that. I want my small boy to be raised in a world where this doesn’t exist, where men like Kony are brought to justice.
But I have to ask and wonder – is sharing a viral video the best way to achieve this?
Some say yes – letting this video go viral, throwing this topic into light and forcing people to discuss it’s reality is powerful. Purchasing bracelets and posters and “covering the night” will make a difference to the organizations finances and therefore, a difference to those young child-soldiers. The movement will force politicians and celebrities to take notice, the people that can really give money and effort to the cause.
Some say no – that the video exemplifies inactivism at it’s finest and find the call for military intervention to be troubling. That Uganda politics and a corrupt government are intertwined with Kony and Invisible Children as a nonprofit is questionable and remember how killing Osama Bin Lauden didn’t stop terrorism?
I urge you to watch the video, to process it and think.
Then decide if we should make Kony famous in 2012.