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Editorial: Kony 2012, two sides to every story

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Kony Poster 3-28-12The biggest misconception about the Kony 2012 campaign is that people think that the Invisible Children organization is in Africa delivering food, clothes and other goods to people in Uganda. This, however, is not the case.

Chances are, you have heard about the Kony 2012 campaign, the awareness campaign started by the organization Invisible Children that has recently become a household name among George Mason students and across the nation.

Contrary to popular belief, this internet phenomenon is simply a campaign to raise awareness of what’s going on in Uganda.

Many people, particularly teenagers and young adults who have recently seen the viral video that the organization put out, seem to think that all of the money that the campaign raises is going to help Ugandans directly.

“I have my concerns about Kony 2012 because of [Invisible Children]'s dubious records, and because they've simplified the issue to black and white - one evil vs. one good,” said senior Alex Valentino, president and founder of the HOPE club at George Mason High School.

Statistics say that only about 32% of the money Invisible Children raises actually goes to the cause. Even though this may be a significant amount of money, people want all of the money that they donate to go to the actual cause, and not into the staff’s wallets, travel tickets and posters.

If the Invisible Children Organization really is trying to raise awareness and help out the people in Uganda, then they have 100% my support.

However, even though I am a strong believer in helping others in need, the recent backlash, scandals and controversy of the Kony 2012 campaign does make wanting to support them a little more complicated. This campaign shows us why one must always examine both sides of a story before jumping to conclusions.

For more information on the campaign, visit its website at www.invisiblechildren.com .

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