If you don’t have some kind of greenback in your pocket, you’re probably terribly poor or sickeningly rich, which means for the rest of us, paper currency is everyday stuff. I’m looking to write a column soon that floats the idea that maybe it’s time to update the faces on our money. Does anyone really care about Andrew Jackson anyway? Really? I’ve got some ideas about who might be better and I’m looking for others. I’m thinking about artists, activists, writers, anyone who inspires modern-day Americans.
The idea came to me at the memorial for the late Tony Hill on Aug. 17. Tony was a beloved central figure in the Santa Cruz activist community and possibly the most prominent African-American in Santa Cruz at the time of his death. Several times during the memorial, Tony’s admiration for the great Jackie Robinson was brought up and it struck me that those who real people hold up as heroes in their everyday life don’t get the sanction of the government, for whatever reason. Not that Jackie Robinson is an obscure figure, but isn’t he more of a figure of inspiration than Alexander Hamilton?
The floor is now open for nominations.