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After watching their video, I cannot express (although I’ll certainly try here) my immediate disdain for the organization known as “Invisible Children”. With their flashy “End A War. Stop At Nothing” t-shirts and their flaunting of “bipartisanship”.

Their main goal seems to be trying to build mass awareness in order to get members of Congress (and other politicians) to send advisory troops to Uganda to help track down Joseph Kony. In their view (and that of the totally not imperialist run International Criminal Court), getting rid of Joseph Kony is seemingly the end-all, be-all of problems in Uganda.

For this type of operation, they support intervention by American soldiers to act as “consultants” of sorts with the Ugandan military. I don’t believe I have to speak further on the absurdity (and hypocrisy) in this.

Also, there are a few problematic ideological currents running through this entire project.

The first being that (predominately) White westerners need to come and save the day in Africa. This is otherwise known as the “White Man’s Burden”. I will not excavate this issue any further as another blog post has already done so and quite brilliantly, I might add.

Another being the eagerness to attack “boogeymen”.

Because of the dominant ideology that prevails in the media in the U.S. (and much of the Western world), it’s simply easier to attack figureheads rather than, say, illegal sanctions against Zimbabwe which are effecting the lives of everyone in that country. We can see the simplicity when the films narrator is teaching his son all about the evil man in some mysterious, far-off land called Uganda who is the root cause of all this suffering. It’s incredibly easy to point the finger at one person whose is supposedly the cause of all the problems in a single country and the idea of bringing awareness of sanctions is not even remotely seen as anything close to a “humanitarian” issue while corrupt and murderous leaders of guerrilla armies are.

“Kony 2012”, in an effort to be flashy and ‘hip’, will not bring Joseph Kony to justice nor will it dramatically improve the situation in Uganda. “Kony 2012” boasts of being a bipartisan issue that both the Democrats and the Republicans can overcome their minute differences and unite under a sort of “humanitarian banner” for peace in Uganda. And any conscious person can see the danger in sentiments like this.

Just like the Save Darfur campaign brought enough awareness for privileged Whites in the Western world to applaud the independence of South Sudan which then immediately struck deals with most, if not all of the world’s imperialist powers from the get-go, “Kony 2012” will make White people in the West feel warm inside as if they are doing some good for the people in some far-off, savage African country.

Thus we see, yet again, the utter farce of “Humanitarianism”.