Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?

Well…what’s a body to think? What’s a body to say?

We can all think of arguments for putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, but let’s consider the counter-arguments…

Feminista Jones- “Keep Harriet Tubman- and all women- off the $20 bill” (Washington Post)

Steven Thrasher- “To Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would be an insult to her legacy” (The Guardian)

Democracy Now’s coverage of the debate

What do you think?



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2 responses to “Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?

  1. The problem with these arguments is they assume that a historical figure’s inclusion on a bill necessarily diminishes their accomplishments, or shifts their legacy towards something material… Mention Andrew Jackson and I doubt the first association relates to the $20 bill. Speculative, sure, but Tubman’s role in history won’t fade anytime soon

  2. Jamie

    These arguments seem to be implying that we can’t try and help the problem of racial and gender injustice in our society until the problem itself is solved, and that makes very little sense. Consider this, did Oliver Brown boycott sending his little girl to an all-white school in protest of the racial segregation of the time? No, of course not. Instead, he did the opposite and society as a whole benefited from it. Likewise, there should not be a movement to boycott Harriet Tubman’s place on the $20 bill based on protest of the United States inequality nor on some unconfirmed belief that she would not have wanted to be on the bill. Instead, the clear path towards progress is to celebrate her inclusion on the $20 bill as a small step forward in the larger battle to end racial and sexual prejudice in the United States.

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