Danimal Collective wrote:
Pfffft, I was supporting Invisible Children before it was cool.
But seriously, when I was in college, I did a lot of work and organizing with them in '08 and '09.
While I'm glad that Kony finally has become a household name in America (he already was in the rest of the world) and I'm proud of the president and our military for undertaking missions to "get" Kony, I agree with Bill Maher in that it's not enough for us just to recognize he is a problem. He needs to be stopped and us and the world community need to make it our goal to get Kony as soon as we can. Write letters, demonstrate, make yourself heard, get involved. Shit, now that the weather is nice, me and all the other protesters are taking to the streets again. Join us?
Danimal, I normally agree with you, but you've forced my hand as of now.
Do you really think the United States should be the guys going after Kony? We're already wearing ourselves thin with all the conflicts we've become involved on and it's been a big drain on our economy. Yes, what this man is doing is horrible, but he's far from the only warlord in Africa and you seem to live in a reality where you think no one is bothering to go after him. On top of this, we need to stop giving a fuck if we're going to survive as a country, at least for a few years to fix the mess that Bush brought with him.
Plus, I'd say this entire movement just makes the situation worse, spreading a shit ton of misinformation and ignoring all the other warlords. Turning Kony into public enemy number one just makes it seem like he's the only problem in the eyes of the idiot public.
And on top of all this, you're trusting Invisible Children? A group that barely gives money to the cause they say they're raising awareness for? You know, pumping that cash into Religious propaganda and Christian camps they advertise on their channel? How is that helping with the problem of African warlords? And why would we trust a group with information six years out of date? Sounds like they don't care that much if they got the most basic information on the issue wrong.
Why bother protesting when the "cause" just makes the problem worse?