POLITICO is reporting that Harriet Tubman will be honored on the U.S. $20 bill. Though, she was initially intended to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. (Chances are public backlash and popularity of the Broadway play Hamilton threw a monkey wrench in that plan.) I support this move, as well as “changes to the $5 bill to depict civil rights era leaders.” Still… this must be said: if the United States increases the number of Black people ON its money without taking systemic steps to increase the number of Black people who OWN its money, this is just new drapes in the same old “big house.” #dontBSyourself
UPDATE: Upon further review of Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew’s open letter regrading Harriet Tubman ‘replacing’ Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, it appears that ‘replacement’ only applies to the front of the bill. Jackson will remain pictured on the back of the bill.
Looking back on her life, Tubman once said, “I would fight for liberty so long as my strength lasted.” And she did fight, for the freedom of slaves and for the right of women to vote. Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embodies the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates, and we will continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency. The reverse of the new $20 will continue to feature the White House as well as an image of President Andrew Jackson.
There you have it: that bullsh*t. Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the $20 bill, but she’ll have Andrew Jackson lurking in the rear of the bill like an overseer. One can argue whether this is a glass half empty or full. I’m just saying, ask yourself: what’s in the glass? #dontBSyourself