Instead of Kony 2012 you should be spreading the word about Chicago 2012

"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.

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Tags: City of Chicago, Violence

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  • True. Agree.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Once again thanks for reading Richard.

  • The globe is getting smaller every day. I am very concerned about my country, my county,my city, my community, my block. In fact, my post Who Shot that Child was about children shot and killed not a block from our building. Violence is awful no matter where it occurs, especially when it takes the lives of children. I think we should have enough compassion to go around. It takes so little to care and it means so much.
    The children of the world should be a concern for all of us.

  • In reply to Danie:

    Thanks for reading. See Danie..that's it right there. At least you acknowledge the whole things. Some people completely ignore the kids in there own backyard.

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    In reply to Evan Moore:

    I agree 100% Mr. Moore. The first thing I thought when I saw the movie was "Holy cow, this is a fantastic idea" followed up immediately by "But it should be more about a domestic issue, not an international one".

    But it does set up a platform.

    What someone needs to do is make a video about those problems in Chicago and other cities. I says "someone" because I lack both the talent and passion to make such a video.

    Perhaps have it call out select gang leaders. Or drug lords. See if we can PETA our way into everyone's thoughts by showing them what goes on.

    And if successful, this "idea" can maybe one day be used against corrupt political figures and CEOs. I say "successful" and "maybe" because such videos already do exist and no one really pays attention. But if they saw it work elsewhere, maybe they'll allow it to work there as well.

    The only problem is, replicating all the things about the Kony 2012 videos that made it all successful.

    1) Handsome host. It's sad that it matters, but it does.

    2) Lots of footage. Good footage. Not just news footage either. Personal stuff.

    3) And, of course, great editing.

    So, who is up to the challenge?

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