Black activist Viola Desmond to become the first woman on Canada’s $10 bill
The first woman on a Canadian bill will be a black woman. Because Canada is determined to be slightly more progressive. Activist Viola Desmond will appear on the Canadian $10 bill beginning in 2018. It’s litty in Canada!
Desmond was jailed for sitting in the “Whites Only” section of a Nova Scotia film house on Nov. 8, 1946 when blacks could only sit in the balcony of the theater. She was convicted of “defrauding the province of a one penny tax, the difference in tax between a downstairs and upstairs ticket,” according to CBC. She was released after paying a $20 fine plus $6 in court costs. When she appealed her conviction, she lost, but was granted a posthumous pardon in 2010 by former Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis.
Although she is known as Canada’s Rosa Parks, she sat in the “Whites Only” section of the theater nine years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat.
Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz announced the news at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Not only will her face be plastered on the $10 bill, she’s replacing the country’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. In addition to activism, she was a beautician and businesswoman.
If Canada is trying to keep Americans out of their country following the disappointing election of The Orange One, it’s going to have to stop doing dope things like making a black woman the first woman on a Canadian bank note.