“That Kony2012 video is one of the most effective pro-imperialism, pro-militarism pieces of propaganda ever produced.” Anson Asaka

“It’s a sad commentary on affairs when white people are the ones constantly and consistently advocating for the safety and security of African children and all “Negroes” can do is criticize their efforts. Instead of having and sprouting pseudo-intellectual and hyper-moralistic political rhetoric, why don’t Black people take the lead, especially African-Americans, and do the leg work to take on this challenge themselves? You do have an African-American” president in the White House don’t you? You could have also utilized social media to bring attention to this issue in an “anti-imperialist” and “anti-militaristic” way. I know, I know… that would mean that you wouldn’t be able to use your time and attention on the latest Chris Brown and Rihanna saga, the Kardashians, the Real Housewives of Atlanta, NCAA March Madness, as well as spend your money on jewelry, booze, drugs, ipads, clothes and other materialistic trinkets. SMH!” Asabagna Alatentou

Above is a conversation I had on the Facebook page of Anson Asaka today, regarding the Kony 2012 social media campaigned by the organization Invisible Children.

First let me define the term “Negro Pseudo-intellectual” as I see it. These are primarily African-Americans who use their time and energy to talk about (i.e. criticize) what other people are doing, especially “White” people, but do nothing themselves. They have no alternate plan. They cannot and do not offer involvement in an alternate campaign. They talk a big game, use big words and sprout the usual rhetoric to appear enlightened. However, they deliver nothing concrete of substantial value. They are talkers, not doers of the word!

When I first heard of the Kony 2012 social media campaign, I was not surprised that it was being spearheaded by someone “white”. I also was not surprised by the fierce backlash from the Negro Pseudo-intellectual. In fact, I was expecting it. Social media is their playfield. This is the arena they dominate because it’s where they can easily find an audience of like-minded arrogant ideologues, who views social media as a vehicle to be critical of what others are doing. They would never think of utilizing it as a springboard to social activism. The primary objective of social media for the Negro Pseudo-intellectual is to sprout pseudo-intellectual and hyper-moralistic political rhetoric, as well regurgitate their played out 60’s Black revolutionary conspiracy theories, so as to appear intelligent and enlightened. It’s not to utilize social media as a tool to ushering in social change today for the benefit of others, especially African children.

I do acknowledge that social media can be used to educate and enlighten… and that’s a good thing. Furthermore it can be an effective tool to scrutinize any social campaign and vigorously probe the integrity of any organization, especially those which purport to be for our benefit. Particularly when it’s being organized and led by someone from the dominant culture.

I don’t intimately know the people behind the organization Invisible Children and I can’t speak to the sincerity of their effort or the integrity of their intentions. However, I applaud their idea to utilize social media for this campaign. I may not agree that further militarization of Africa by the U.S. military via  AFRICOM is the ideal method to deal with Joseph Kony and the LRA. However unless I can present an alternate plan, I don’t support putting all my efforts into criticizing those who are trying to deal with this issue in their own way. I’m also not going to advocate the various ridiculous conspiracy theories about the origins of the campaign.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Interestingly, after I posted my above response to Anson’s post, his reply was to remove it. Another aspect of Negro Pseudo-intellectualism is to censure any opposing viewpoints and opinions. Sounds familiar?

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