Many of you may have seen this video, which is an effort to raise awareness of the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. After you watch, or if you’ve already seen it, check out the NPR interview below, which offers a perspective on the video from someone in Uganda.
I think the NPR interview is a good reminder of the multiple perspectives that good advocacy requires us consider. I don’t mean to say that this isn’t a powerful advocacy effort. It is certainly raising awareness, which can only be a good thing. But it also highlights the drawbacks of “speaking for” and the benefits of “speaking with.”
NPR’s Interview with a Ugandan journalist (click the logo):