(The Guardian) -- Today the US Treasury has made their long-awaited announcement of the change to our nation’s currency. We have known for months that a woman was going to replace one of the old white dudes on one of our bills (originally discussed as the $10 bill) but we now have confirmation: Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Much of social media is filled with celebratory posts and memes, but I for one, am not celebrating.
Yes, I do get some joy from knowing that white people have to look at Harriet Tubman’s proud and defiant black face every time they reach in their wallet. But the image of Tubman on our currency as some sort of corrective action for centuries of oppression and subjugation, or as a symbol of how far we’ve come in ending racism, is more symbolic of our fundamental misunderstanding of race in America.
Slavery in America was, at its core, an economic system. Slavery was about free labor to quickly grow and cheaply maintain white wealth.
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