What happens when Canada’s race reality clashes with the images it wants to show the world, that of a perfectly free, equal and multicultural society? Well, you get scenario like the $100 bill debacle:
The Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity. The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope. The image, alongside a bottle of insulin, was meant to celebrate Canada’s medical innovations. But eight focus groups consulted about the proposed images for the new $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote series were especially critical of the choice of an Asian for the largest denomination.
For those who do not understand Canada, here it is in a nutshell. Canada is anti-American. It defines itself by what it is not–America. This often means Canada sees itself as a peaceful, tolerant, multicultural utopia, free of the nasty history of race, slavery, segregation and hatred common in the United States. The problem with Canada and its image of itself is that it’s all a lie. Canada is a pretentious country, from its image of itself to its head of state, the royal family of Britain, the epitome of WASP supremacy and white privilege in general.
Of course many people say BofC is wrong and its removal of “Asian-looking” lady is racist, but like Maclean’s magazine and its Too Asian article on the Asianness of universities, this story reflects the truth of race and racism in Canada versus the carefully crafted, politically correct image it has established for itself. Bottom line: Asians are only a model minority as long as they remain a minority; once they start to dominate aspects of society, they become a problem. Putting a Asian woman on the $100 bill is like Barack Obama becoming president of a predominantly white country; it is a visible sign of the changing demographic of the country–a disturbing display of whiteness/white people taking a backseat. What’s next–replacing the British royal family as the head of state?
Remember folks, it’s not equality if whites aren’t in charge, or if they’re playing second fiddle–after all, that’s what white supremacy is all about- maintaining and making sure it’s understood that whites are dominant in all facets of life. Lesson learned here? While non-whites will be mixed in for the sake of keeping up appearances of multiculturalism, the reality is that they are expected to stay in the backseat, playing second fiddle to whites.