Dear Kony 2012 Critics,
After watching the Kony 2012 video with all its hysteria and excitement, and then watching the so-called experts on Uganda verbally assault and attack the intentions of the organization, I concluded that I also had to voice my response to the Kony Mania.
First, let me address the video and its organization, Invisible Children. Despite how everyone may feel about the organization, its intents, they way they do business and how they distribute their profit, lets just remember one thing, they are still an organization that has gone out of its way to come to Uganda (years ago) and promote positive change in an area that had previously been ravaged with the some of the worst atrocities that Africa has seen. So despite their Hollywood style, dumb down, made for high school video about Joseph Kony, I believe their intent was still and still is good. And if you don’t think that their intent is positive, than you may want to ask the thousands of Ugandans that have been positively affected by this organization.
Second, let me address the critics who keep complaining about how this video does not address so called REAL Ugandan issues, and doesn’t accurately reflect what is going on in Uganda right now. My response is, “OKAY, SO MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEO!” Is it Invisible Children’s job to create multiple videos about all the issues that affect Uganda now? Of course not. Remember one thing, organizations exist generally for one purpose. It’s obvious that IC created this video to address the issue of capturing a man who’s committed some of the most horrific atrocities the world has seen. So despite its inaccuracies and theatrics, I’m sure that we can all agree Joseph Kony should be captured and tried by Ugandans for his crimes. Despite what you may feel about the method of capturing him, he should and will be brought to justice one day. His victims deserve the right to see justice served. And if you really don’t agree with the video or are confused about the content then go do some research, the internet is out there for your disposal. Or better yet, find people who are from Uganda and ask them how they really feel about the Kony issue (not the video), but the real Kony Issue.
Third, all of the conspiracy theorist who have these grand ideas that somehow Invisible Children is part of the Illuminati and that the grand scheme is to take over Uganda because of its oil reserves, let me just say that you guys all need to get off the crack pipe. Do you really think that as broke as the U.S currently is (15 trillion in debt and rising), and as high as the gas prices currently are in the U.S ($4.30 avg per gallon), and as weary as U.S citizens are of war overseas (currently pulled all combat troops out of Iraq, and beginning withdrawal in Afghanistan), do you really think that the cheapest smartest place for the U.S to drill for oil is 8,000 miles away in Uganda? When they can drill in their own back yard in the Gulf Coast?? REALLY? Give me a break. Any idiot can see that the American Tax payers will never agree to that type of wasteful spending again, after billions were blown on erroneous spending in the past 10 years since 2001. It amazes me that no matter what there will always be the conspiracy theorists… Keep dreaming guys.
Fourth, I want to address Ugandan’s directly, and say this, “SHAME ON YOU”. For years we have been terrorized by many dubious actors, who had nothing but selfish intents for themselves and nothing for Uganda. When Amin came we watched as he terrorized, when Obote came we watched as he terrorized, when Museveni came we also watched as he promised false hope and false dreams, when Kony came, we continued to watch as he terrorized our children and women. We have become a Nation of observers. How can 30 million people stand by and watch the atrocities committed by just a few, or by one man? How does the saying go? First they came for the communist, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a communist, then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me (Martin Niemöller). We should take all take a note from the book of Arab Spring Uprisings. The Moroccans, Tunisians and Egyptians taught the world one thing, that one man cannot oppress the will of millions. So it is with that, that I write this letter. A famous quote once said, “A cause is worth nothing unless you are willing to die for it.” How many of you harsh critics out there are willing to Die for Uganda?? How many?? I implore you to seriously reflect on yourselves and how we can all rise up and defeat the problems that currently face our Nation. It isn’t up to anyone else to solve these problems, it’s up to us.
Lastly, I want everyone reading this to understand that I’m not writing this letter because I’m a strong supporter of Invisible Children, or that I’m trying to advocate for their Kony 2012 Campaign. In actuality I agree with many of your comments about the video, but also believe its counter productive to continue arguing this instead of producing our own products. The point is, this video has brought recognition to an issue that had, in the past, ravaged Northern Uganda for years. And now those children are a by product of that generation. Because believe it or not, those children and women will forever be the victims of the heinous crimes committed by Kony.
Every interview I have seen on CNN and MSNBC and so forth is a result of this video going viral. If not for the popularity, I guarantee that none of those Ugandan’s being interviewed on CNN would have ever gotten a chance to even voice their opinions on that type of national scale. So I say to those bloggers and activists. Use that momentum to really voice the issues that affect us and continue fighting the good fight for Ugandans.
And to all those anti-Kony 2012 youtube videos from people who obviously don’t live in Uganda and have absolutely no clue about what goes on in Uganda on a day to day basis, except their yearly 2 week visit, please stop embarrassing us. You don’t speak for Ugandans who actually live here. Let us speak for ourselves.