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Fri May 24, 2019, 01:39 PM

WaPo Editorial Board: Mnuchin's excuse for delaying the Harriet Tubman $20 bill is insulting

Source: Washington Post

Mnuchin’s excuse for delaying the Harriet Tubman $20 bill is insulting

By Editorial Board May 23 at 5:44 PM

WHEN THEN-TREASURY Secretary Jack Lew decided in 2016 to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, he knew it would be up to the next administration to implement the change. But it seemed highly unlikely that anyone would upend a plan to honor this great American hero with a currency redesign that would also include depictions of historic events such as the suffragist march on Washington. “I don’t think somebody’s going to probably want to do that — to take the image of Harriet Tubman off of our money? To take the image of the suffragists off?” Mr. Lew said incredulously.

No one can blame him for a failure to imagine that any future administration would be so petty and narrow-minded as to go out of its way to thumb its nose at women, minorities and history. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed to Congress on Wednesday that redesign of the $20 bill to include an image of the former slave and leader of the Underground Railroad, slated for next year to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, has been pushed back to 2028. Tubman was selected following a massive grass-roots campaign to include a woman on U.S. paper currency.

The explanation Mr. Mnuchin offered for the delay — the need for more time for “counterfeiting issues” — would be laughable if it were not so insulting. Are we really expected to believe that the administration, one that boasts about its can-do capabilities, needs eight more years to implement a new design? If indeed counterfeiting matters are the primary reason for currency design, shouldn’t you start with the $20 bill, since it is one of the most widely circulated?

It is more likely that Mr. Mnuchin, as the New York Times reported, feared President Trump would cause an uproar with an outright cancellation of a bill bearing Tubman’s image. As a candidate, Mr. Trump criticized the decision as “political correctness,” and he has made no secret of his admiration for President Andrew Jackson, whose image Tubman would have dislodged from the front of the $20 bill.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/put-harriet-tubman-on-the-20-bill-now-to-wait-until-2028-is-insulting/2019/05/23/727a66fa-7d8a-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 01:43 PM

1. Deplorables can always be counted on to do the wrong thing.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 01:47 PM

2. I liked them better when they kept the hoods on (n/t)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 01:54 PM

3. RIIIIIGHT, Munchkin ...

Cause who's picture is on the bill REAAALLY matters WRT whether or not the bill can be counterfeited. Can't just swap one pic for another, using the same technology as currently used, without completely compromising all the anti-counterfeiting tech already in place

YOU AND YOUR RACIST CULT LEADER ARE A LYING PIECES OF SHIT.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 24, 2019, 02:30 PM

4. they just don't want the face of a black woman on their money.

racism and misogyny, nothing else.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #4)

Fri May 24, 2019, 03:02 PM

5. Yes. nt

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