Remember voting to put a woman on a $20?
On Wednesday, Treasury Sec. Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the U.S. $20 bill. From the looks of things, our U.S. money will get a large and largely overdue makeover:
Lew rolled out sweeping changes that will put a new cast of historic figures onto various bills that have remained largely static for decades. Leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will make their way onto the back of the $10 bill, while civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history will be incorporated into the $5 bill. Jackson will be kicked to the back of the $20 bill.
(Bummer that Isabella Beecher Hooker didn’t make the cut, but oh-well.)
To find out more about Tubman, the American shero, go here or here. The woman went from slavery to abolitionist to soldier/spy to icon-hood. She was strong. She was relentless.
And buh-bye to slave-owning/Native-killer Andrew Jackson. (Because of some lobbying by some Alexander Hamilton fans — including Pulitzer-Prize winner playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda — anti-slavery Hamilton stays on the $10. )
Having a racist like Jackson, who worked to suppress abolitionist activism as President, on the same currency as Tubman is just ridiculous. Having a racist, as well as a thief and murderer, on US currency at all is shameful.
Tubman shouldn’t have to share her recognition as an American hero with the likes of Andrew Jackson.
It’s a mystery to me why Lew would be willing to jettison Hamilton and insist on keeping Jackson, even in a subservient position.
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