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Speech Debelle on Kony 2012 campaign: "I can't be a part of it"

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Mercury Prize winner and musician Speech Debelle has spoken out against the Kony 2012 campaign that was recently sparked by a video posted online spreading amongst millions of viewers.

"I was quite quiet at the beginning. I've seen it going on for about a week," Speech Debelle said to Digital Spy of the controversial, internet-led Kony 2012 campaign to raise awareness of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

"It didn't ring true to me. I was on the Al Jazeera website today when I saw one of the news reports they'd been doing on oil found in Uganda and it began to seem a bit suspicious. A bit too much of a coincidence. Again.

Speech Debelle

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Joseph Kony

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"I'm not backing this Kony campaign. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to be part of a campaign that possibly - and based on historic fact - more than likely could contribute to more raping and pillaging of the birthplace of man. I'm not going to do that.

"Especially when they're so arrogant to use the same PR campaign that they've been using every time. There's this bad man in a bush.. Even McDonald's changes its campaign once in a while

"I'm a Jamaican. I am of Jamaican descent so that means I am the descendant of rebellious slaves. US invasion of Africa has never been beneficial to me. My personal history means that any time there is some invasion of Africa it has not ended up well for Africans and the descendants of Africans, so therefore I can't be a part of it.

"They know that it works. It works to tell everyone there's a bad man and everyone jumps behind it, so that's what they've been using for the past couple of invasions. There needs to come a time where people say, 'Hold on, I think I've heard this story before'.

"And the story ends up the same. How did it end up for the Iraqis? We were supposed to save them but I don't know if it ended up too well."

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Watch the Kony 2012 campaign video below:

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