First and foremost, regardless of your stance on this issue, I feel as though it is a sigh of relief that a meaningful cause is finally the subject of Facebook statuses, twitter statuses, conversation and pop culture. Our youth are aware, and are talking about an issue that matters. Through this issue, they are learning foreign policy, geography, culture and many other important bits of information that will serve them well. Whether you are for or against the involvement in the freeing of children soldiers, the fact that so many people care about this issue gives me a bit more hope for the future of the world. The term “jumping on the bandwagon” has negative connotations but I feel as though in this case it can be good. Teens are becoming politically aware and discussing things other than fads and trends. This issue is real and it is effecting a lot of people.
Now as far as the issue itself goes… It has pro’s and con’s, hence the term “issue”. It is very easy for the Invisible Children to appeal to the hearts of sympathetic Americans. Of course Children fighting is wrong. On the other hand, getting involved in this effort to free these Children is very risky and would result in many deaths. The scale that this issue could escalate is unknown. Something must be done about this issue, but it must be done tactfully. In most situations involving injustice, the issue must get worse for a brief time before it gets better. However, risking one child’s life for the betterment of other generations is difficult for me to accept. We must move with caution and do our best to insure the safety of all involved. *Below is an article about the history of Children Soldiers in Uganda and some of the negatives to the KONY 2012 approach*.
I support the Invisible Children and think that if anything, they have done a great job of spreading awareness of this issue. I played a show with Koji last summer (musician/activist) and remember the heartwarming speech he gave about this effort and how much it means to him. I was inspired by his speech and became knowledgeable about this topic. This issue has grown to mean a lot to me, however, I worry that these proposed actions could have future, unforeseen ramifications.
In conclusion, it doesn’t bother me that people are “jumping on the Kony 2012 bandwagon”. It’s about time people jumped on a worthwhile bandwagon that truly affects the world we live in. The LRA is inflicting an injustice on Children in Uganda and it needs attention. As Americans, we take much for granted and it is our duty to help those that can not help themselves. I commend the Invisible Children for their impeccable marketing strategies to get this issue to the forefront of media and everyday conversation. I just ask YOU THE READER to always research what you read. After all, you should only believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear. I just hope that we can find a way to free these children with the least amount of bloodshed as possible.