Mar 11, 2012

Invisible Children's "KONY 2012" Campaign: What's It All About?

I've watched and read about the Invisible Children's "Kony 2012" campaign over the past couple of days and I've finally reached a conclusion that i'm comfortable with.
Now, when I first saw the infamous KONY 2012 video, I was taken aback. It did strike an emotional chord (as they expected it would) and I did share it on my social media sites (as they expected I would). But, I stopped there for good reason. I didn't blog about the issue, as I did with the Falling Whistles Foundation, or purchase a kit. The skeptic in me  had to know more and the cynic in me made me say "well, what's different about the situation in Uganda than any other conflict zone?".

The way I see it, what is (or "was" depending on who you ask) happening in Uganda, is happening over various parts of Africa and the world. Atrocities are being committed on the daily, there are plenty of efforts to help that go unnoticed and there is never only really just ONE leader. To give this issue a face and blame it all on one man is not really a fair assessment of the problem in Uganda, or even an effective step towards the dissolution of a greater problem. 

When I found out about the Falling Whistles foundation, I researched it, I blogged about it, and ended up buying the whistle. Why? Because at the end of the day, the efforts were not only to stop the problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but to help the children affected by it. The profits and proceeds went directly to a rehabilitation center in  Democratic Republic of Congo for the kids to transition back into the real world. This seemed like a more doable goal. With the KONY 2012 campaign, i'm not comfortable with the money being used to buy weapons to find him in the jungles... Seriously?

The Invisible Children foundation created this heart warming video of the situation and doesn't seem to have up-to-date information on the current political issues in Uganda. If there was such turmoil, I would think that there would be more than just one child's perspective on the traumatic experiences occurring. If Kony is many of their realities, shouldn't there have been more than one person's viewpoint in the video? 

Let's also discuss the fact the foundation has been riddled with multiple claims of foul play in regards to how they use their money, how they decide to support certain governments (known for being corrupt themselves), and how they use their facts to manipulate support.

While it is undisputed that Kony is a delusional and psychotically dangerous person, with rumors the Joseph Kony may be dead or has fled Uganda years ago, the cause may need to be revamped. I still stand by my decision to share it on social media sites because I hope that this situation will encourage others to look into more world issues, but I am not buying a kit. Unless I hear more credible information about where the money will go, where Kony really is, and the steps that will be taken to ensure that the Ugandan government is stable afterwards... I'll keep my dollars. 
Sallie Mae will be calling me in 20 days for their money anyway, and that's a whole different army that I would not like to fight!

That's all I've got to say about that! What are your thoughts?

~Confessor

19 comments:

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  3. Don't wish to be skeptical, but this whole Kony 2012 issue is a bit "concerning". I am not on the band wagon just yet...

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  4. I need to do some more research on this subject before I can fully form an opinion. I mean, I'm all for supporting a good cause ... I just want to check into it.

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  5. I haven't watched the video yet - but I agree, I think more research needs to be done before I'd donate any money. I do think that a video that goes viral is pretty amazing for bringing support to children in Africa in general ... well, hopefully!

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  6. I do not know about this things, but the picture of that actor made me think of his many crazy movies!!!


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  7. Hi sweety, thanks for stopping by. Its so great what the Invisible Children organization is doing, I hope that they will succeed.

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  8. I've seen the video & it is disheartening. Often times people aren't aware of what's going on unless it's in their neck of the woods. I'm hopeful that after seeing the video, people will become more supportive.

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  9. They are supposed to release a new video today about the claims against them

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  10. I did re-tweet this vid, because despite all the claims, knowing about social issues such as what Kony had done and the plight of the chidren there are still important.
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  11. I have to agree. Anyone can repost the video, but that doesn't mean that 1. they watched it themselves 2. will do anything else but repost the vid. I'm definitely a skeptic when it comes to most things, just because any kind of organization like this goes back to money and you don't always know if the money you donate is going to help someone or pay someone to run the organization (not that either one is bad). You just really need to do your research on the issues and causes that are important to you.

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  12. I'm in total agreement with you, which is why I haven't really discussed any of it.

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm looking forward to reading yours, as well. I think you make some very good points here about this issue and also think it's important to carefully asses the underlying goals and messages of any charitable, help-focused effort.

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  14. This campaign is so powerful, it's reaching so many people and I hope it truly helps those children to have a better life <3

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  15. Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my blog! Secondly, I agree with you on your viewpoint regarding Kony. I work for a nonprofit our goal is to make sure that enough due diligence is done so that people know where their money is going and know that the charity will be effective and efficient with it. I applaud you waiting for more information and for doing your homework and hope it will encourage others to as well

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  16. I'm looking forward to watching the new video today.

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  17. I've watched that video few nights ago.

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  18. Sherine, well said! The video definitely create a raw, emotional impact. But if we supper something, we need to make sure that the group is doing everything for the right reasons and doing it well! We should all still try to make a positive change, but do it properly!

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