"There's a sucker born every minute" – P.T. Barnum (allegedly said)
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks, let me catch you up to speed. There is a video being passed around called “ KONY 2012.” Joseph Kony is a brutal warlord in Uganda who uses children as soldiers. Of course like most people this outraged me. Here is where I draw the line: I couldn't care less about KONY 2012 since here in Chicago we have mental health issues, epidemics and kids killing kids right here in the city.
According to the The Chicago Reporter, since 2008, gun violence has claimed 530 people. 80 percent of those people were under the age of 21.
I choose to focus on things locally. I have chosen to stand for what I believe is right. It doesn’t win many friends and people don’t want to be friends with you on face book. But I know I can sleep at night.
I focus on my community not somewhere else. It may sound harsh but it is what it is. I would rather focus on local problems than international ones. It is impossible to get involved in everything.
Celebrities love to get people riled up about places like Darfur and Bosnia but why is it that these same people never get the masses riled up about things in their own communities? You probably believe in the misnomer is that all of the violence that happens in the city can be chalked up to gangs when it is really just personal disagreements.
I do care about what is going on over in Uganda but there is way too much going on in the city to worry about someplace else. I may sound cold to you right now but I can only focus on what is going on closer to me.
If you posted stuff about Kony 2012 but never about the things going on in your own backyard you have got your priorities messed up.