March 10, 2012, 10:24 am
Okay, I’ll admit it. I am happily participating in post-colonial sentimentality and white man as savior fantasies in order to support what I believe is the political awakening of my children. I get that it’s wrong, but I am also fairly certain it is far more complicated than that. I am talking, of course, of the Kony 2012 Campaign.
If you haven’t seen it, click on it. But you probably have seen it. The video got 56 Million views after just four days on Youtube. It is, of course, a very complicated text. In it, human rights activist Jason Russell tells a highly simplified version of Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and its villainous leader Joseph Kony.
Now there are certain facts that nearly everyone can agree upon. Kony is a horrible, horrible man whose LRA has kidnapped tens of thousands of children and forced them into both military service and sexual slavery. Most major …