First off let me state that I whole-heartedly support Invisible Children. I know about their budget and how much money goes to Africa and how much of it stays in the United States to make IC bigger. I know that there are child soldiers being used all around the world. I know that Joseph Kony isn’t in Uganda any more and hasn’t been for over 7 years.
I still support Invisible Children. What they’re doing is raising our youth’s global awareness. I would gladly and full-heartedly spend my money to make the youth more aware of what is going on. The fact that IC has gotten millions of teenagers all over the United States to make a 27 minute video about Africa go viral is absolutely incredible. 27 minutes is a long time to ask of my generation, yet they got people to listen and to care about something outside of their personal viewpoint. This Kony thing is a start. Once my generation realizes that they hod the entire future in their hands, things begin to change. This Kony 2012 thing united us, and we aren’t going away.
So yes, there are worse things going on in the world. And yes, Invisible Children spent a lot of money to make that video. But honestly, it was well worth it. Last night the American youth became hopeful because of our own doing. We saw something going wrong and we all did something about it and it became a huge deal. KONY 2012 is going to be in our vocabulary for months to come. To become united as a species and to care about each other as humans, not as countries or allies or foreign policies, we have to start somewhere.