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An Argument Against Changing the $20 Bill

TUbman $20
David Lawrence
Written by David Lawrence

TUBMAN SHOULD NOT BE ON THE $20 BILL

Harriet Tubman was a brave African-American abolitionist who helped the Union during the Civil War.  She did not die for the cause of freeing the slaves like many of the white union soldiers did.  But she was willing to.

 

She used the Underground Railroad to help her people to escape.  She was heroic.  A hero does not necessarily deserve her face on a twenty dollar bill nor should we cavalierly replace a previously great person because of a whim. In fact it is disrespectful to the original to cast him out for the fashion of the day.

 

After the war Tubman entered into the women’s suffrage movement. She was consistent in her rebellion against tradition and her need to do good. She was monolithic in her greatness but rather simple-minded and single-minded.

 

On April 20, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department said it would replace Andrew Jackson as the portrait on the $20 bill.

 

Why? Did Jackson do something wrong? How could he? He was dead.  And why Tubman?  Is it because black is all the fashion, because we have a black president, because television has vastly increased its black commercials.  Is it because of Obama that we are disrespecting the blacks by pandering to them?

 

Maybe we should put Edison, William James, Emerson or Thoreau on the bill?  Maybe an athlete like Jim Thorpe? Why Tubman? She’s just one out of many.

 

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced:  “Today, I’m excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note.”

 

Is he really excited by that?  Is he an idiot? What moron would be excited by having a black woman on a twenty dollar bill? Is his life really that dull?

He sounds like Chris Mathews getting a thrill down his leg when listening to Obama.  I’m Jewish.  Would I be excited by having a Jew on the twenty?  I could care less.  My life is more complicated than paper currency?

 

 Why don’t we be fickle and kick people off our money every six weeks? Treasurer Lew is a simple minded jerk. It’s disgusting.

 

A genius neurosurgeon like Ben Carson said, “Well I think Andrew Jackson was … a tremendous president. Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt. … In honor of that, we kick him off the money.”

 

Jackson is a rare, unbigoted black.  He believes in merit rather than color.  He is Martin Luther King come back from the dead. He is not one of the ninety percent of black lemmings who voted for Obama because of his skin color.

 

Trampling on the memories and conventions of millions before him Lew has said that he will put the image of the White House as well as an image of Jackson on the back of the $20 bill. A meaningless concession.

 

Trying to please everyone Lew said will put images of the suffragettes on the back of the $10 bill.  And Martin Luther King scenes on the back of the $5.

 

And then the next thousand years we will have to live with his stupid prejudices and arrogant decisions of a usurping Lew.

 

I don’t know how Lew feels he is the voice of the century. He is a treasurer not America’s conscience. He is a loser, a loser of our traditions and history; a coward who embraces political correctness.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on Amazon.com. He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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