Please listen to this podcast before you jump on the KONY bandwagon. http://ia600809.us.archive.org/5/items/MackLessonsRadioShow328/macklessons328.mp3
I haven't had a chance to listen to it, but I realize there are ppl who have criticized the organization Invisible Children. My support isn't necessarily for this organization, but for the ISSUE and spreading the word about what's going on. That is also why I suggest that ppl call/write their local congressman, instead of saying donate to an organization!
My main issue is not with the organization, it is with the intentions behind putting out the video in the first place. When you have the time check out the podcast, its relatively short only about 30 mins. I will warn you that he does use foul language.
This is a blogger in Uganda response to KONY 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KLVY5jBnD-E
Thx for the links. I appreciate the dialogue on this. As with anything that "catches fire", there will be some backlash. I'm posting it and keeping it up because did this Kony guy do this stuff? Yes. Is he still #1 on the international fugitive list? Yes. So whether there are some other agendas behind all of this--hey, there is still a bad guy out there, and a lot of people didn't know his name prior to all the hoopla. The jist of the video I'd gotten was to simply pass it on. No harm in that! :)
If this video makes people want to become more aware of global issues than that in itself is a good thing. However war genocide is something that has been happening in parts of Africa for YEARS, and it is well documented. Even this story is not anything new. Jacob Kony has been number 1 on the international fugitive list for 20 YEARS!!!. Now is he a bad person if he inflicted all of this pain on his own people? Yes. But am I still questioning the motives behind this whole campaign? Sure your right. I'm not requesting that you remove the video, because like I said if this video inspires people to want to become more knowledgable about global issues that is a good thing. I just want people especially black people to sit back and critically assess what is going on before they accept things as is. http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhEk16p80re9j8X31h
Sorry I just realize that I wrote Jacob instead of Joseph. Lol writing to fast. I enjoyed the dialog.
For us to understand what is happening here, we must first understand that this region, particularly the Congo (which importantly shares a border with Uganda), is the absolute richest region of the ENTIRE world. It has more resources than all of Africa, also. If you are curious to know what exactly, you can click here:http://youtu.be/vLV9szEu9AgFor anyone finding it too "complex", the short version is here, told by the children:http://youtu.be/7i4T1ZySpD4 This was simply a lead-up ploy to justify Obama waging a proxy war with China in Africa by sending more troops there to counter China's influence and China's oil trade with Africa. The fact that they focused on the oil-rich region of Uganda and Congo should tell those of us who watch politics something. By the way, just before this film's release, Uganda announced they had just discovered vast oil reserves within their own country. Before that, Uganda was in bed with the US, waging genocide in the Congo with Ugandan (and Rwandan) troops, and destabilizing matriarchal Congo towns/villages by committing mass rape. In exchange, the chaos and destabilization they brought allows US companies to STEAL Congo resources virtually unchallenged by the people: These resources include uranium, crude oil, bauxite (that thing that makes all your computers and cell phones work), diamonds, gold, cobalt, fresh water, timber, tungsten, tin, copper, and much more).Because of the chaos and destabilization they cause with these rapes, they break down the actual Congo communities, and the people, traumatized, put up little to no resistance because their families and societies are broken because the women are being devastated on a mass level. These people rely on the women to drive the families, communities, and society as a whole. Kony is no longer in the region. The US decides to use its NGOs to create lead-up propaganda to invade Uganda/Congo using the might of AFRICOM - after ALL THIS TIME, and conveniently when Uganda has just announced discovering vast oil wealth in the country and agreed to sell it to China??The people do not want more American arms in the region. The people do not want more American-led soldiers in the region committing these atrocities. The people do not want more American or foreign strategic positioning of soldiers in the region. They want the freedom to bring these perpetrators to justice themselves and the freedom to use their vast wealth to better their own people. They don't want us there stealing and making things worse.They're relying on the good intentions (and ignorance) of regular folks to garner support for this invasion. The ends do not justify the means.I read NikStar's comment above and thought about the mentality that lead to the invasion and subsequent devastation/destabilization of Iraq. Though it was done using a different method (not mass rape of a matriarchal people), people still had the same mentality that NikStar had above. And look what it brought the Iraqi people. They have yet to recover.This invasion is not about Kony, it's about Ugandan oil, Congolese wealth (this is the primary factor), strategic positioning of AFRICOM in the Congo, and waging a proxy war with China to seize African wealth.
Oh! Here's a great video that summarizes what I explained above, which also draws parallels with Iraq. Though the Congo is so much richer than Iraq it's ridiculous. Anyway, they explain the importance of the Congo which we all must learn: http://youtu.be/k78xX9uwj-0I'm frightened when even Black people are being used to justify these agendas to break African people and steal African wealth. It's scary. Even Nigeria is in bed with these European-led initiatives to recolonize and militarily dominate Africa. It really makes one realize how far Black people have fallen. I hope one day things will change, though I'm not holding my grace.
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