I’ve heard a lot of uproar about Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20 bill. Trump went as far as to proclaim that it was done out of sheer political correctness, though I didn’t read the entire article. You’ll hear no complaints from me. Frankly, I think it’s funny.
People are spreading on the internet that she was a Republican, which is interesting to me. She was black and she was a woman. She couldn’t vote. While I agree that she was likely aligned with the Republican values at the time (they were the progressives back then – the rolls have reversed several times), she wasn’t a voter.
What she did do was carry a gun and free people from slavery. Not only that, she’d threaten to shoot the people she was leading to freedom if they tried to give up or turn back on their trek, for whatever reason. She was also an armed scout and spy for the Union army during the middle of her life.
All of the above are great reasons to put her on the $20 bill. However, I think that the .gov is more interested in the fact that she was black and she was a woman. I’d find that a little insulting and shallow if I was her.
What she also was, was a devout Christian abolitionist who passively fought an oppressive government. You have to remember that she was freeing slaves before the Union and Confederacy faced off and got those folks to Canada via the Underground Railroad. The .gov was one entity at the time and she defied them to free slaves, so much so that there were large bounties on her head.
They’re putting a government-defying, second amendment-supporting Christian on the $20 bill. Now do you see why I think it’s funny? I wish Tubman was here for some sort of an induction ceremony. I wonder what she’d say about being pictured on a piece of paper that wasn’t backed by gold or anything else of value? Seems to me that she would thing it’s all a bunch of hogwash.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel….out.