most things about KONY 2012 have been said.. and mostly said very eloquently, ubiquitously and oftenly (?). The good, the bad and the ugly have taken over our FB newsfeeds and Twitter streams… while perhaps Invisible Children have gained in popularity – over exposure of social media has also come at a price. Jason Russell was arrested for being drunk and masturbating in public at 11:30 AM Thursday 3/15/2012 in San Diego.
This is really tragic. It’s sad for Jason, his family and Invisible Children as an organization.
It is also tragic for those that have lived under the tyranny of the LRA in Uganda, Congo, South Sudan etc.. It is sad that it seems their future hangs in the balance of the good or bad behavior of a marketing/advocacy organization far removed from the conflict.
Sustainable peace can only come when there is an INTERNAL effort to push for it. Military force, outside mediation, blockades or huge media campaigns can change dynamics for a while. But unless the INTERNAL actors have a voice and say in their own future, it will always be a foreign element. I do believe that Invisible Children was trying to amplify and augment that voice, unfortunately it became more about their (Invisible Children) organization and less about the cause. These are distractions, sad sad distractions… My only hope is that we can focus on the real issues here.