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Post by Otaku on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:30 am



Watch the video and find out about Joseph Kony, then sign the pledge to bring him down.
It's time for a change.

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Post by fuckboiii.com on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:05 am

I Was Gonna Post this.

MAKE KONY FAMOUS! DELIVER YOUR VOICE!

Please Check out
https://www.youtube.com/user/invisiblechildreninc?feature=watch#p/u/4/wZzs2fGSL3U

To Support them

STOP THE L.R.A!

STOP KONY!

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Post by x3WiredLife on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:11 am

NOO! YOU DID IT BEFORE I COULD!! LOL! I SUPPORTED!

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:57 am

I bought a bracelet c:

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Post by LyricalWind on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:34 am

For those asking what you can do to help, please link to visiblechildren.tumblr.com wherever you see KONY 2012 posts. And tweet a link to this page to famous people on Twitter who are talking about KONY 2012!

I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign.

KONY 2012 is the product of a group called Invisible Children, a controversial activist group and not-for-profit. They’ve released 11 films, most with an accompanying bracelet colour (KONY 2012 is fittingly red), all of which focus on Joseph Kony. When we buy merch from them, when we link to their video, when we put up posters linking to their website, we support the organization. I don’t think that’s a good thing, and I’m not alone.

Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 32% went to direct services (page 6), with much of the rest going to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production. This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Still, the bulk of Invisible Children’s spending isn’t on supporting African militias, but on awareness and filmmaking. Which can be great, except that Foreign Affairs has claimed that Invisible Children (among others) “manipulates facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.” He’s certainly evil, but exaggeration and manipulation to capture the public eye is unproductive, unprofessional and dishonest.

As Chris Blattman, a political scientist at Yale, writes on the topic of IC’s programming, “There’s also something inherently misleading, naive, maybe even dangerous, about the idea of rescuing children or saving of Africa. […] It hints uncomfortably of the White Man’s Burden. Worse, sometimes it does more than hint. The savior attitude is pervasive in advocacy, and it inevitably shapes programming. Usually misconceived programming.”

Still, Kony’s a bad guy, and he’s been around a while. Which is why the US has been involved in stopping him for years. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent multiple missions to capture or kill Kony over the years. And they’ve failed time and time again, each provoking a ferocious response and increased retaliative slaughter. The issue with taking out a man who uses a child army is that his bodyguards are children. Any effort to capture or kill him will almost certainly result in many children’s deaths, an impact that needs to be minimized as much as possible. Each attempt brings more retaliation. And yet Invisible Children supports military intervention. Kony has been involved in peace talks in the past, which have fallen through. But Invisible Children is now focusing on military intervention.

Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re supporting the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away. If people know this and still support Invisible Children because they feel it’s the best solution based on their knowledge and research, I have no issue with that. But I don’t think most people are in that position, and that’s a problem.

Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture, as hard as that is to swallow. Giving your money and public support to Invisible Children so they can spend it on supporting ill-advised violent intervention and movie #12 isn’t helping. Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.

If you want to write to your Member of Parliament or your Senator or the President or the Prime Minister, by all means, go ahead. If you want to post about Joseph Kony’s crimes on Facebook, go ahead. But let’s keep it about Joseph Kony, not KONY 2012.

Sure, Kony is a bad guy. But I'm not on the bandwagon.
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Post by Sardine on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:25 pm

If I see anyone spamming this ingame, chat or on forums. I'll delete/ban/kick for spamming.

Most internet users are already aware, no need to say it again every 5 seconds.

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Post by RayStormX on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:15 pm

Ah. I did a project on spreading awareness about the Invisible Children, the LRA, Joseph Kony, etc, in my senior year in high school. Looks like people are becoming aware of what's going on in Uganda again.

I actually did a video project but I can't find the damn video.

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Post by ∂єяρ on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:18 pm

I'm one of the most stupid forum users in D.ChaosMS EX, and I approve this message.


KONY FOR PRE... ARREST KONY!!

(Please don't mind the "KONY FOR PRE..." part, I was just joking around)

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Post by Deviant on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:12 pm

KONY 2012! 13311610

I just had to post this.

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Post by Stage [Alive and 20] on Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:22 pm

Deviant wrote: KONY 2012! 13311610

I just had to post this.

Thank you Iggy, I haven't lol'd this hard in awhile. ( I'm a awful person )

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Post by Andy on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:19 pm

I care not, but...


Also, people take shit too seriously and also only care if they hear other people care.

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Post by iiachi on Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:24 am

That sob is dead. And to stop the killing of children, you must kill children in this case. Lost cause.

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