….if you support replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the 20 Dollar Bill.
With the history of the Trail of Tears, Andrew Jackson’s position on the 20 dollar bill is just another example of oppression in America. After the genocide of thousands of Native Americans, I feel as if Andrew Jackson has no place on our currency. How would the Jews feel if Hitler was on the 20 dollar bill?
Besides the most serious matter, Andrew Jackson’s spoils system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoils_system), abuse of presidential powers, and ownership of slaves show a severe lack of morals in the president, something that should not be rewarded - and something American’s should not aspire to be.
Harriet Tubman deserves to take this spot for several reasons. But rather than to treat the subject exhaustively, here’s 3 quality reasons:
1) The Founding Father’s fought against oppression and established the basic American ideology of freedom. (Even though they did hypocritically oppress minorities and the lower class, they still initiated the ideology, we can leave that for another post). Harriet Tubman exemplifies this American ideology. She fought not only for her freedom but for the freedom of others as well.
2) She was a spy for the Union in the Civil War, and was an essential figure to the Union victory. I’m sure we can all argue that if the Union did not win the Civil War our country would be vastly different and backwards today. Her contributions to the Union and the subsequent abolition of slavery have placed her as a national icon - a true American hero.
3) All faces on American currency are Caucasian Male. America, the melting pot, should not be represented by one demographic. For most of history (and I would argue it still continues today) women and minorities have been oppressed and made to feel lesser, and Harriet Tubman’s presence would not only represent a good portion of the United States populace but also serve as a symbol of pride for the oppressed.
Harriet Tubman’s contributions to this nation should be recognized on a higher level, Thomas Jefferson’s genocidal acts should not be rewarded, and as a country it is time to eliminate the racial divide and include prominent minority figures on our currency. ricans, I feel as if…
Wish I thought of this! You know I love Tubman…
Fantastic idea. I would love to see that happen. And imagine all the ridiculous complaints white people would have…
Yes, all the faces on our money are white, but it’s tradition! Just like the part of the pledge of allegiance which says “under God!”
It’s not MY fault as a 21st century white person that no black person was president until now!
We should only have presidents on the money, damn it (except a couple of other dudes who happen to be white)!
And whatever, we already put Sacagawea on a coin so I feel we’ve done enough respecting of minorities and making up for this Andrew Jackson thing!
Now they’re just being racist against white people!