Canto CXCII

“Daddy, what did you do on that day,
when all those middle class, Western kids
rescued Uganda from tyranny

by sharing videos, placing some ticks
against the online pledge, buying t-shirts
and hashtagging the everloving shit

out of that warlord?” Please darling, avert
that judgemental and unforgiving look.
I switched off my computer and dropped out.

I sat in this armchair. I read a book.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:21:07

    There should be no hiding place for people like Joseph Koni The LRA has caused havoc and misery for millions throughout central Africa for years. If it takes privileged middle classed kids tapping away on the internet to raise this issue, so be it. Perhaps we are getting too old and cynical to believe our words can change anything.

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  2. Niall O'Sullivan
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:04:42

    I’m sceptical, not cynical. Anyone who researched the issue for five minutes would know that Kony isn’t in Uganda any more and lending military assistance to a government that has made homosexuality a capital offence does more bad than good. Plus the whole white man’s burden meme is also a cause of harm and should not be perpetuated. Oh, and the Kony2012 guys are connected to right wing Christian organisations that have helped with that whole anti gay thing. Those white middle class kids should read more books, pay more attention to how aspects of their privilege effect developing countries and do a little bit more to help the destitute people at their doorstep.

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