It was announced Monday that the Biden administration is resuming efforts to put famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, replacing America’s seventh president Andrew Jackson on the currency.
This was an idea first floated during Barrack Obama’s administration before being shelved by Donald Trump’s administration.
We at The Daily Eastern News believe that it is the correct move to put Tubman on the $20 bill, and we hope that others see that this is the right thing to do.
Tubman being on currency would be good for representation as most of the people on U.S. currency are white men.
“It is important that our …. money reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said. “We are exploring ways to speed up that effort.”
It would also have meaning that she would be replacing Jackson, a president who has a very racist legacy.
Jackson was a man who owned around 150 slaves at the time of his death and was a major force behind the forcible removal of Native Americans from their native lands.
Replacing Jackson with a woman who escorted dozens of slaves to freedom would be a very meaningful gesture.
If America truly wants to move on from its racist past, things like this should be supported and celebrated.
We can never really deal with racism in America if people like Jackson continue to be displayed on currency. It is a small step, but a good one to make.