Tubman on the $20 USD? ›

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jeromewasntbuiltinaday:

….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!

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US puts hold on gay couple visa cases ›

The U.S. government will no longer automatically deny applications for immigration benefits for same-sex couples, opting to put them on hold until it gets some legal advice on the Obama administration’s decision to stop defending the law that prohibits gay marriage

The decision to put off deciding the fate of applications for immigration benefits from gays and lesbians married to U.S. citizens is not a change in policy, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Until USCIS announced the temporary change, applications for immigration benefits for foreign nationals married to a U.S. citizen of the same gender were automatically denied because the Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

In February, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would no longer defend the constitutionality of the law. Now, USCIS is awaiting legal direction from the Department of Homeland Security on how to handle applications for benefits from gay couples.

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#gay marriage

#DOMA

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Truth. I will totally lash out at children if they are proselytizing in my general vicinity.

Truth. I will totally lash out at children if they are proselytizing in my general vicinity.

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#lolz

When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner… We’ve gotten by that, but it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim…

The vice president, who wrote the Violence Against Women Act, worked his way into the analogy by remarking that before the law “there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim.”

Joe Biden, ladies and gentlemen. The vice president needs to pick up a newspaper some time. Victim blaming isn’t a thing of the past. In fact, I rarely hear about a rape case in which the victim isn’t blamed in some manner for her own rape. Not only is he completely out of touch with reality on this point, but he’s making likening the destruction of the economy to rape. Apparently he didn’t learn a damned thing while working on the Violence Against Women Act. One of the reasons violence against women, whether that takes the form of rape or other physical violence, is so pervasive is that it’s normalized. So thanks, Biden, for normalizing it a bit more. Rape? That sucks, but then so does the economy!

And lest you think all my rage was reserved for Biden… The Republican National Committee has condemned Biden’s remarks. That’s rich, coming from the party that views women as ‘unborn baby’ incubators and wants rape to be ‘forcible’ before a woman can have an abortion funded. 

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The average life span of a transgendered person is twenty-three years. The statistic is shocking, until it begins to make sense. Gender non-conformists face routine exclusion and violence. Transgendered people are disproportionately poor, homeless, and incarcerated. Many of the systems and facilities intended to help low-income people are sex-segregated and thereby alienate those who don’t comply with state-imposed categories. A trans woman may not be able to secure a bed in a homeless shelter, for example. Spade writes that just as the feminist movement tended to “focus on gender-universalized white women’s experience as ‘women’s experience,’” the lesbian- and gay-rights movement has focused primarily on a white, middle-class politic, centered on marriage and mainstream social mores.

Guernica / Trans-Formative Change

Dean Spade is the first openly trans law professor. Meaghan Winter interviews him for Granta.

H/T The Rumpus

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23 years? wow

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danielextra:

Instead of meat, maybe you should give up your self-contradictory, homophobic religion for Lent.

danielextra:

Instead of meat, maybe you should give up your self-contradictory, homophobic religion for Lent.

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