I know you're sick of the controversy surrounding the Invisible Children's Kony 2012 video. I have been engrossed in the whole thing and can't help myself but to post a few more thoughts/links. Humor me! I'll be brief.
- I applaud the Invisible Children for making the (admittedly flawed) video through their (admittedly flawed) organization. It started conversation. It's made young people see the world as a bigger place with bigger concerns than our belly buttons. It also caused thousands of us who "advocate" various causes to question whether we do so in a harmful way tainted by Western attitudes and baggage. I needed that lesson. I have been changed by the discussion. Any flaws the IC has, I also had and am being challenged to shed thanks to their boldness. In a world where so many do nothing, I am proud of the efforts of the IC. I pray that the troubles they are now experiencing are mere growing pains and helpful lessons as they move forward with added wisdom, rather than the beginning of their end.
- Here are the links I loved when researching this controversy:
- A simply excellent article from TIME. So intellegent, helpful... I can't say enough good about it. I tried to pick a favorite quote to pull for you to entice you to read it, but it was too good to pick just one line. Really, go read the full article!
- The blog post that best said what I was thinking about the controversy.
- The blog post that best said the things I should have been thinking about the controversy... like, where is Jesus in all of this? (a perspective from someone in Uganda)
- The best blog post about empathy for the struggles of imperfect yet trying not-for-profits.
- The best blog post about Jason Russell's breakdown, and why our devotion to a cause should not be linked to the perfection of a human in leadership.