I’ve been ruminating on this part. And I won’t lie, I am grossly unqualified to take on the racial implications of 3 white boys rushing in to “save” Africans.And I am grossly unequipped to objectively discuss how I feel the “white mans burden” is propelling this movement forward faster than many other valid causes. I can’t speak objectively about the required emotional manipulation that is necessary for Invisible Children to raise so much money in such a short time. I struggle to discuss these things because I can only approach them steeped in my own privilege.
I give it over to the much much muchmuchmuch more qualified, equipped educated voices to talk for me. Go, read, learn.
Solome Lemma offers an incredibly helpful piece on how to approach an emotional call to arms.
An impassioned piece discussing race and activism and KONY2012 from Malaka Gyeke Grant
An interview with Jacob (the young boy featured in the video)
Ida Horner discusses the larger implications of the campaign.
These are just a few of the many African voices discussing Invisible Children and the KONY2012 campaign.
For all I defended Invisible Children as a non-profit organization, please know that I struggle with some things as well. I think the discussion needs to focus more on what the wider implications of this campaign are: racially, from a class standpoint and what it means for pursuing peace in the area. I feel that punishing a non-profit for paying the people who work for them, or renting an office, or traveling to get the word out is ridiculous and only detracts from getting shit done.