There are problems with the Kony 2012 campaign, but there are also problems with many of the problems people have associated with Kony 2012 and Invisible Children.
Then, there are other problems.
Invisible Children, as an organization, is not a problem
As soon as Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video exploded on the Internet this week, responses sprouted up criticizing Invisible Children as a “problematic organization” without explaining exactly what that means or by highlighting things that weren’t really problems.
When I lived in Venezuela, someone told me the story of a farmer who was bitten by a snake while working in the field. Enraged, he ran after the snake instead of tending to his wound, hacking at the tall grass with his machete until he found it and killed it. By that time, however, the snake’s venom had spread throughout the farmer’s body, killing him in turn.
We got our snake. I hope it’s not too late for us to purge his venom from our system. I don’t think it’s too late.