Tony visited Africa…twice.
He told all his friends about it. Making special mention to note how nice the people were. He had a good relationship with his tour guide and despite the obvious unequal power dynamic, it meant something to him.
As a marxist, he was always on the side of the poor.
As long as it upset his mother,
and not his own desires for capitalist comfort.
It wasn’t his fault the world works the way it is.
Besides two opinion pieces in the local online newspaper validated his solidarity with the struggle against inequality. He had nothing to prove.
And so when the child, begging.
swore at him as he sat at the back of the uber.
He had to concede, that the prejudice lodged against educated folk, like him
were uncalled for.
Innocence is not his fault.
He passed the child some money in the local currency, despite the obvious verbal abuse
to impress upon his wife
that she was not, in fact, as dumb as she was.
University had taught them to judge their peers who willingly accepted the same structural violences that Tony turned his nose up against, but accepted nonetheless. It was a complicated game of ‘who is the most righteous’ at dinner parties, that gave their sex life the boost it desperately needed.
because, skilled and equipped - he was not.
Tony was being Tony. Confident for no good reason. Besides as a gate keeper of privilege.
When the child refused the note
And told him that decolonial theory might not be present in his myopic reality, but poverty porn only really worked on women who were suppressing their queer identity. His wife leapt from the car, never to be seen again.
Riled, but looking for a good fight.
Tony stepped out of the uber,
(stupidly of course)
and told the kid to roll up his sleeves. The child was wearing a t-shirt.
and obviously smaller than Tony. Tony did enjoy the odd slice of cake.
The men of the area circled him.
Tony was a scared little mommy’s boy. But unfortunately he killed is mother in an unlikely dual with his own sadism.
“viva la revolution! I send money to the protests in Hong Kong, I am one of you!”
Sad little tony, destined for doom, had no idea who he decided to fuck with.