A SLAP In The Face …

In April 2016 the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 bill.  The change was to have occurred next year to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.  Why?  Because there have been only a few women on U.S. currency, and those were on the $1 coins. We thought it was about time.  There has also never been an African-American of either gender on U.S. currency. We thought that in honour of our winning the battle 100 years ago to convince men that we had a brain that functioned well enough to do something other than birth babies, cook and keep the house tidy, it would be nice to recognize a woman who had made notable contributions during her lifetime.

Harriet-Tubman.jpgI was excited to think of a woman finally appearing on a bill, and especially excited to see that woman be Harriet Tubman.  I used to teach a Black History class every February for Black History Month, and while there were many men and women who fought the fight against slavery, and then later to gain civil rights, Ms. Tubman was always one of my favourites.  Her courage and dedication were exceeded by none.  Not only did she devote her life to racial equality, she fought for women’s rights alongside the nation’s leading suffragists.

Andrew-JacksonSo, she was to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.  Let me tell you just a little bit about Andrew Jackson.  He was a slaveowner, known for his cruel treatment of slaves. At one point, he owned as many as 161 slaves and was well-known for brutally whipping them in public and putting them in chains.  He was also the man who was responsible for the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands.  Jackson’s Indian Removal Act resulted in the forced displacement of nearly 50,000 Native Americans and opened up 25 million acres of Native American land to white settlement.  Tens of thousands died during forced removals like the Trail of Tears in what is now Oklahoma.

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Trail of Tears

And now, let me tell you a bit about Harriet Tubman.  Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1822. Early in life, she suffered a traumatic head wound when in a fit of temper, her owner threw a heavy metal weight intending to hit another slave but hit her instead.  In 1849, following a bout of illness and the death of her owner, Harriet Tubman decided to escape slavery in Maryland for Philadelphia. Rather than remaining in the safety of the North, Tubman made it her mission to rescue her family and others living in slavery via the Underground Railroad.  

Harriet-Tubman-3Altogether it is believed that she made some thirteen trips to guide a total of approximately 70 slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, and then came the Civil War.  Harriet Tubman remained active during the Civil War. Working for the Union Army as a cook and nurse, Tubman quickly became an armed scout and spy. The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina.

Harriet-Tubman-4Compare these two people.  Andrew Jackson’s face is on the $20 bill, and Harriet Tubman’s was scheduled to be as of next year, but those plans have been nixed until 2028.  Why???  Because Treasury Secretary and bootlicker Steve Mnuchin does not wish to upset Donald Trump, whose hero is the abhorrent Andrew Jackson, that’s why!

See, Trump was on the campaign trail when the decision to put Ms. Tubman’s image on the currency was announced, and he expressed his displeasure, calling it “pure political correctness” …

“Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill. I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination.”

He then suggested that perhaps Tubman could grace the $2 bill … a denomination that is no longer being printed.  In this writer’s opinion, Trump’s statement was a slap in the face, not only to Harriet Tubman, but to women, and particularly African-American women, throughout the nation.

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Steve Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin’s attempt to justify the postponement was laughable b.s., something pertaining, he said to ‘security’ and ‘counterfeiting issues’.  The reality, however, was reported in the New York Times on Wednesday …

Mr. Mnuchin, concerned that the president might create an uproar by canceling the new bill altogether, was eager to delay its redesign until Mr. Trump was out of office, some senior Treasury Department officials have said.

And there you have it, folks.  A great woman, a courageous woman who saved many lives, cannot be honoured because it might upset the idiot-in-chief who is a fan of a misogynistic racist.  It is said that Trump has called Jackson a populist hero who reminds him of himself.  He even has a portrait of Jackson hanging in the Oval Office.  If you ever doubted that Donald Trump is a racist and denigrator of women, wonder no more … this is the proof.

37 thoughts on “A SLAP In The Face …

    • Actually, one guy invented a stamp that you can use to cover Andrew Jackson’s face with Harriet Tubman’s! He initially manufactured 5,000 of them and sold out almost immediately. Last I heard, he was making more.

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  1. I learned quite a bit of history in this post. Thanks Jill. Sadly, history will always be distorted by people like Donald Trump. But Trump goes further than most. Do his voters realise how hated he is? I hope he is erased from history, except as a liar, a cheat, a bully and an enemy of the people. He is worse than hineous world dictators that we see as untrustworthy. But Trump is the real enemy and he will destroy the US.

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    • My pleasure! This is one topic I could talk on all day and not get bored. Trump voters do know how hated he is, but you know what they chalk it up to? They say we are sore losers because Hillary didn’t win in 2016. I always remind them that actually, she DID win the election with nearly 3 million more votes than Trump, but the electoral college put him in office. I used to say that I wondered how history would treat this ‘Reign of Trump’, but now I am not sure there will be anybody to write that history. Sigh.

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  2. On a positive note, every word uttered out of the president’s mouth would lead to his defeat come 2020! Give him enough rope to hang himself, his base is diminishing daily, this is what fuels my optimism. 🙂

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    • Ahhh, but since Mnuchin and the other cabinet members are hand-picked by the prez, it is more the toadies in Congress, those like Mitch McConnell, that are keeping him from being impeached and removed … preferably into a nice prison cell somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

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      • Actually, I meant my “toadies” comment to include Cabinet AND Congressional members (is there any bigger toady than Senator Lindsay Graham, who no longer deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as John McCain, his one-time ally). Bring on that “nice prison cell in the middle of nowhere!

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  3. Reblogged this on On The Fence Voters and commented:
    Jill Dennison has done an outstanding job with her piece on Harriet Tubman. We’re in a very dark place in American history right now. Just when you think the bar cannot be lowered any further, this administration lowers it. … every day. Hard to believe Andrew Jackson has survived all these years on the $20. Just as he was to be put out to pasture once and for all, this administration resurrects him. Why? I think we all know the answer. I’ll let Jill’s thoughtful and intelligent words speak for herself. Thanks Jill!!

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  4. A great piece Jill. I knew a little about Harriet Tubman before, but you’ve educated me even more. Of course she deserves to be on the 20. Another outrage in a list that keeps growing hourly from this POTUS. Unbelievable. How low can they go? Check back tomorrow or the next day….they’ll go there.

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    • Thank you so much, Jeff! I’ve always thought as Harriet Tubman as one of the most courageous women in history, and Andrew Jackson as only another slave-owning white supremacist. Yes, how low they can go … well, I don’t think there are any limits … none. Concentration camps? Wouldn’t surprise me. Not much would, and yet … it does. Every day I am stunned by the latest treachery. Sigh.

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  5. Typical Trumpelstiltskin, in typical Donnie Junk Truck style. Black people are worthless, and black women the most worthless of all. But then all women are worthless, so how can it be any other way?
    What if we were to change black women to white men. Particularly white men with orange hair. They have already proven themselves the lowest of the low, especially the one that presently lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. He is a fat slob narcissist who has a fantasy he is the smartest, sexiest, richest man in the world. Women are dying to sleep with him. (At $150,000 a lay, who wouldn’t? Present company excepted!) Well, women are dying, but not to be in bed with him. They’re dying because of draconian pregnancy laws that want to force them to turn every impregnated ovum into another target for cops to learn how to aim guns at.
    Am I bitter, damned right. Is Mnuchin a republican coward? Damn right! Are humans a damned race? Yes!

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    • I couldn’t have said it any better! We are moving backward in time at a dizzying speed under Trump and whatever bit of democratic process, of due process of law we thought we had, is being fed into the shredder each day. Sigh.

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