The controversy surrounding Canada’s new $100 bill goes to show that you just can’t win with the politically-correct crowd, especially once competing ethnic and cultural groups enter the scene to fight over who was more oppressed and how a single central government of a multicultural society should best represent them. Venessa Wong covers the story for Bloomberg Businessweek:
The Bank of Canada simply wanted to give its citizens some snazzy new bills that would be more durable and harder to counterfeit. But when it came to the images that would grace the currency’s faces, it was not so simple. First, focus groups felt the draft art on the new $100 bill was racist because it featured an Asian woman looking into a microscope, which they felt reinforced the stereotype that Asians excel in science. Some believed other ethnicities should be represented. The bank eventually released the bill last year, replacing the figure with a Caucasian woman, only to be called out recently by Chinese groups for bending to racism and not representing minorities on currency.
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