Scary stories from a lovely place
Today I’ve been swept up in the anti-Kony 2012 hype which is seeking to expose certain truths about the Kony 2012 campaign sweeping the internet world.
I’ve been reading as much as I can to find out what’s going on and I’ve been trying to watch trailers of the Kony 2012 film. Truthfully, I can’t finish watching many because they make me so angry. They are full of images of young, cool white people ‘making a difference’ by jumping around, postering their neighbourhood and listening to stupid white guys wearing tight jeans and black and white Arafat scarves talking about issues that are a million miles from their existence.
I’m too ignorant and cranky, let alone time-poor, to write anything useful on the matter, so rather, just read what these guys have to say – Visible Children, Life Remixed and The Howie. And follow their links to read more.
All I will say is that I love what Matt Anslow said about the images of African kids in the Kony 2012 film being used as ‘poverty porn’. We white people do love to use pictures of poor, black kids to promote causes and make ourselves feel better about our messed up world. We also love to jump on the bandwagon of an issue without knowing the full story, or considering how we in the West have perpetuated and even caused such problems as poverty, corruption and dictatorships.
In the words of my clever friend Bec, “Clicking ‘like’ can’t change the world… Consider where you have real power… Who made the clothes on your back, who is going hungry in your food chain…?”
So let me finish by suggesting you read The State of Africa by Martin Meredith and find some services (like food or clothing suppliers) which would actually make a difference to other people’s lives, and not in a misguided, paternalistic kind of way. Suggestions welcome.
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