My Little Kony - Youth Activism

  • Aired:  03/12/12
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Al Madrigal and Jessica Williams discuss the youth movement behind Kony 2012 and consider a viral Syria 2012 campaign. (3:39)

SWEETNESS YOU FEEL IS MERELY A

BUBBLE YOUR MOM AND I HAVE

CREATED.

WE'RE JOINED BY SENIOR

CORRESPONDENT AL MADRIGAL.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THE VIDEO HAS GOTTEN A HUGE

REACTION ONLINE.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?

>> TWO WORDS, JON.

CYBER BULLYING.

>> Jon: WAIT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

SOME POOR GUY NAMED JOEY

MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS IN

AFRICA AND SUDDENLY 74 MILLION

PEOPLE ARE MAKING HIM FEEL

LIKE AN OUTCAST.

AND WHY?

BECAUSE HE'S DIFFERENT.

>> Jon: AL, I DON'T THINK IT'S

BECAUSE EELS DIFFERENT.

>> THIS IS A....

>> I KNOW, JON.

BUT THIS VIDEO IS VERY

DANGEROUS.

>> Jon: HOW IS IT DANGEROUS?

THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

>> BECAUSE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE

LEARNING FROM IT AND WANTING

TO GET INVOLVED.

IT THREATENS AMERICA'S LONG

TRADITION OF IGNORANCE-BASED

FOREIGN POLICY.

( APPLAUSE )

SEE GUYS LIKE YOU AND ME, JON,

WE CAN BE TRUSTED WITH

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT STUFF LIKE

THIS BECAUSE WE'RE TOO TIRED

TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

OUR HOPES AND DREAMS HAVE DIED

YEARS AGO.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> WE ARE DEAD INSIDE.

BUT YOUNG PEOPLE, I MEAN, THEY

THINK THEY CAN CHANGE THE

WORLD.

AND THEY HAVE THE ENERGY TO DO

IT.

ALL IT TAKES A ONE HOT DAD ON

YOU-TUBE AND SUDDENLY UGANDA

IS OUR PROBLEM?

YOU KNOW, DRUG GANGS ARE DOING

THE SAME (BEEP) DOWN IN MEXICO

AND THEY HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS.

>> Jon: I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

>> LET'S JUST HOPE NOBODY

MAKES A CATCHY VIDEO ABOUT IT

OR THE YOUNGS WILL BE UP OUR

COOL-OS... THAT MEANS DO

SOMETHING (BEEP).

>> Jon: I JUST FEEL LIKE

YOU'RE OVERREACTING HERE.

I DON'T THINK YOUNG PEOPLE ARE

THAT IMPRESSIONABLE.

LET'S BRING IN JESSICA

WILLIAMS OUR SENIOR YOUTH

CORRESPONDENT TO GET HER TAKE.

>> DID YOU SEE THIS KONY

VIDEO?

WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT

THIS GUY.

WHO WANTS TO GO ALL NIGHT WITH

ME AND HANG UP SOME POSTERS?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: DUDE, THIS IS SERIOUS.

>> I TOLD YOU.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE POWERLESS

BEFORE VIRAL VIDEOS.

IT'S HOW THEY LEARN ABOUT THE

WORLD.

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK THERE ARE

OTHER PLACES THAT THEY'RE

GOING TO WANT US TO CARE

ABOUT?

>> THINK?

WATCH THIS.

HEY, JESSICA,.

>> YEAH.

>> TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

ABOUT SYRIA.

>> SYRIA.

OH, YES, HE TELLS ME WHAT TO

DO WHEN I'M TALKING TO MY

PHONE.

>> Jon: SYRIA IS A COUNTRY IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, AN UPRISING

THERE IS BEING BRUTALLY

SUPPRESSED.

MANY ARE DYING.

SHE DIDN'T GIVE A (BEEP) ABOUT

SYRIA.

>> JON, ALLOW ME.

HEY, JESSICA.

HAVE YOU SEEN THAT NEW VIDEO

WITH THE DOG?

>> WHAT?

A NEW VIDEO WITH A DOG.

COUNT ME IN.

>> SYRIA.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS, RIGHT?

THE ARAB SPRING CAME AND THE

SYRIANS STARTEDED PROTESTING

FOR THEIR RIGHTS.

>> COOL.

FREEDOM IS GREAT.

>> FREEDOM IS GREAT.

>> BUT THERE'S A STILL CALLS

HOMS.

>> NORTH OF LEBANON, SURE.

>> PEOPLE THERE PROTESTED AND

THE ARMY SHOWED UP.

>> YEAH.

INSTEAD OF LETTING THE SYRIANS

VOICE THEIR DISCONTENT THEY

STARTED SHELLING HOMS.

>> IT'S A WAR CRIME.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> OH, MY GOD, YOU GUYS.

WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT

SYRIA.

DO SOMETHING WITH SYRIA.

>> LET ME CHECK ON THAT.

>> Jon: WELL DONE.

AL MADRIGAL.

JESSICA WILLIAMS, YOU WERE

RIGHT.

I HAD NO IDEA.

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