Whitemen, as we know, are being discriminated against and “silenced.” They need to be saved by Martin Luther King and perhaps Gloria Steinem, who have explained to the masses what discrimination and silencing are. They also do not understand leadership. They confuse it with authority, which they understand only in its most vulgar form.
WM: Let’s go to Chile.
Z: Great idea. When and how shall we go?
WM: Right now, with the $500 we have.
Z: Well, the flight to Chile costs $1500. We’ll need to apply for external funding and that will take until next year. Alternatively, we can go to Mexico for $350. Or is there other money now that I am not aware of?
WM: There is no other money. I want to go to Chile, now, for $500.
Person A: I want to go to Chile, but I know it costs more than $500. Let’s apply for the external funding and go next year.
Person B: I want to go somewhere now, so let’s just go to Mexico. Or maybe Guatemala, hotels there are cheaper.
Z: Well, we could go to Mexico or Central America now, and also apply for external funding so as to go to Chile next year.
Persons A and B: Yes, yes! We will have fun! Let us start the paperwork now!
WM: You are undemocratic, Z! You have again imposed your views on everyone! Because you wanted to go to Mexico you have prevented us from going to Chile immediately!
Z: Chile is actually where I most want to go. Since you are also very interested in it and there is also some interest among the rest of the faculty, I would like to make sure we really get there.
WM: Your efforts are self-serving, then. You are forcing us to go to Chile, only because you want to!
Z: Now, now. I am not forcing us to go to Chile. I am only trying to make it possible, if that is what we really want. I would be happy to go to Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, or anywhere else the faculty decides it wants to go.
WM: [Starts to cry.] You are making me cry, Z! You are so mean! Why do you think you are so special? Why is it that you know the prices of flights, and are able to think ahead to external funding for next year?
Z: Special? What you are referring to are just normal skills, I know you have them as well.
WM: But it isn’t fair! And you could not possibly understand how difficult it is to be in my position!
Z: [Aside] Indeed, I do not know what it would be like to be as rechingado as you.