Kony 2012: Humanitarian cause or social networking trend?

Katie Lane




Thomas Jefferson said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” The millennial generation seems more than willing to assist in the appearance of a cultural change. From the Occupy movements to Kony 2012, there’s no shortage of headlines being made.


I encourage anyone who feels moved by any situation to express their voice, but I find myself very discouraged by the way the Kony 2012 circumstances have been handled. Posting on a Facebook wall, joining a “cause” or “liking” the video produced by the Invisible Children is not a step toward a better world.


No one wants to look at the ugliness in their own backyard. It’s much easier to point out the faults in your neighbors. Third world countries are a big favorite of politicians, actors and activists in the United States. It’s really easy to say you’re making a difference if you don’t have a lot of people to be accountable to.


Joseph Kony is a horrible man. He has done many detestable things and will probably continue to do so until he is forcibly stopped. John Wayne Gacy was a horrible man as well, along with the Oklahoma City Bomber and Ted Bundy. You don’t see Iraq, Afghanistan or Uganda sending their funding or troops here to stop the reign of terror these killers had on our society. Their capture was something our own government dealt with. Why should we put ourselves in the “big brother” position in other countries if we can’t keep our own children safe?


The U.S. Department of Justice reported that since 2001 there have been an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 sex slaves in the United States. The average age of a girl sold into sex trafficking is 13 years old.


How can we so readily turn to other countries and offer them aid when we can’t keep the citizens of our country safe from being sold for sex? The FBI has ranked Seattle more than once as one of the top three cities in the country involved in sex trafficking.


It’s not justifiable. There are horrible people in the world. There always will be. The world can’t be changed by a social network. It will never make sense to look at other countries and try to fix them if the United States continues to fall apart.


Making a difference is something that should mark every generation. Helping fellow citizens is very important to maintain the integrity of the world. We need to fix the country we live in. We need to help future generations have a better life. We can’t pass on a legacy that’s falling apart.




Evan Bedlion




Since March 5, the Kony 2012 video has spread like wildfire—at one point reaching a million hits per hour. Affecting those across the world, the video has inspired many. These people want to reverse the corruption caused by Joseph Kony.


Kony, leader of the cult-like Lord’s Resistance Army, allegedly has kidnapped thousands of children turning the girls into sex slaves and the boys into child soldiers. Kidnapping most of them by night, Kony orders many to kill their own parents. He captures these children from Uganda and its surrounding countries.


I can’t comprehend how something of this magnitude has been happening for so long. He has been doing this for well more than 20 years. It truly sickens me.


Taking advantage of children is a one-way ticket to hell.


Kony also does many unthinkable acts to the children by mutilating their faces and bodies. He supposedly does this for God. What type of God would want this? He states he is a prophet from God and is in communication with 13 spirits.


In 2004, a non-profit organization by the name of Invisible Children Inc. was founded on the idea to bring awareness to child soldiers fighting for the LRA.


The creators of the video and Invisible Children Inc., Ben Keesly and Jason Rusell, want to promote change against the horrid kidnapping of innocent children of Africa. This all starts with the arrest of Kony. The climax of the video motivates people to help the cause by participating in an event on April 20 to spread posters around to make Kony famous.


Invisible Children Inc. has brought hope for many in a day and age where everyone is self-centered and obsessed with getting things fast and easy. This cause has already helped thousands and affected millions.


While America shares many problems involving our current economy, oil and wars, what Kony does to these children is second to none. Most of these problems aren’t the end of the world. Kony is rooted from evil and has malicious intent. If we value those faults more than a life, then I’m ashamed to be alive.


Many believe that the organization behind Invisible Children is just out to scam people for their money. They say that Kony has already been captured and the cause is not valid. This argument feels weak. If he was already dead, the whole world would know since he’s on the top 10 list of the most wanted people in the world.


With all the controversy surrounding Invisible children Inc., the Kony 2012 campaign has become less popular and the hype has died down to a dull roar.


The future months will tell of what is to become of this movement. But only one thing really is important: Kony must be stopped.




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Kony 2012: Humanitarian cause or social networking trend?

by Katie Lane time to read: 4 min