Friday, March 9, 2012

Every child has the right to live without fear

Whether you love Invisible Children or denounce the organization, we can all agree that every child on this planet has the right to live.

Every child, no matter where she is born, has the right to live without fear or guilt or shame. No one has the right to hurt a child. No criminal responsible for crimes against humanity has a right to live freely. These are basic things on which we can all agree.

I don't know Invisible Children the organization. And, frankly, whether the organization is legit or a scam, I don't care. What I do care about is what they have been able to do. In the space of a few days, they have awoken a sense of outrage in an appeal to our humanity. They have forces us to see a part of reality that we in the West ignore.

Right, wrong or indifferent, if you've seen the Kony 2012 video, Invisible Children achieved its goal just by getting your attention.

In all of the media craze, we're forgetting one thing: the message. People around the world are suffering. Women and children are suffering. People are suffering.

We all have a responsibility to do what we can. Whether you support Invisible Children or find another cause to get behind, do something. Do something more than promoting a negative reaction to a specific organization.

Children in Africa are enslaved every day to mine metals that go into our consumer products. That's not liberal hype. That's stark truth coming from someone who works in the consumer products industry.

There are children in Africa who have been enslaved as child soldiers. This isn't IC hype. It's reality.

To the naysayers: Let's put aside bickering. Let's stop wasting our energy arguing over whether one organization is either righteous or irresponsible. Let's put that energy and outrage to use and affect a positive change.