On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, announced that former slave, and abolitionist Harriet Tubman would replace former President Andrew Jackson on the U.S. 20 dollar bill. Many people have mixed opinions on this. Personally, I’m all for it.
This Nation is striving to have gender and racial equality. What better way to recognize both than to accept Harriet Tubman’s face onto U.S. currency? I think this is an essential stepping stone to National equality. That’s what I call killing out two birds with one stone! Not only that, but there should be no doubts that Tubman is well deserving of this recognition.
The removal of Andrew Jackson is not even debatable for me. Not just because he was not only a slave owner, but a slave trader. Not because he forcefully killed over 4000 Native Americans in a genocide. (Can you say Hitler?) Not because he was a less than ideal role model for the citizens. Not because he had a huge temper, and would often step over the line of the law. But because, simply, he did not even believe in paper money. In fact in Article 1, Section 10 of our constitution, it states:
“No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…”
So that being said, I have many reasons to strongly believe that Tubman, the African American race, and the entire female gender all have earned the right to be recognized, and included in the United State’s currency. As to those who are racist, or sexist, I will happily collect unwanted currency, and I will make it RAIN some Tubman’s!
Besides, it’s not like Andrew Jackson will be entirely removed from the bill…He’ll just be moved to the back. Oh the irony.