Some Thoughts on Harriet Tubman’s 20 Dollar Bill

Black Millennials

Black Twitter is aflame with mixed reactions to the idea of Harriet Tubman being on the $20 bill. Here’s my thoughts.

The petition was launched by Women on 20s, a nonprofit grassroots organization committed to promoting gender diversity on paper currency. In a 10-week online poll, hundreds of thousands of people voted for which female leader they wanted to see represented on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman, the revolutionary leader of the Underground Railroad, won with 118,328 votes.

Famed génocidaire President Andrew Jackson is currently featured on the bill.

The whole campaign feels very white-feministy. A quick look at the leadership cemented my initial feelings. Prime among the decision-makers is Sofia, a 9-year-old Junior Ambassador who, despite a precocious political imagination, lacks the necessary worldview to fully consider how placing women — especially Black slave women — on paper currency comes across.

The ironic realities are too strong to ignore. Harriet…

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