In a recent interview, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed doubt about putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to CNBC.
When you think of persons responsible for Black History in America, don’t forget to mention Harriet Tubman. We all know her legendary status, and respect the story that comes with it. So much the idea of putting her face on America’s $20 dollar bill was introduced by the cabinet of our 44th President, Barack Obama.
On August 31, 2017, the Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin released a statement that countered the actions already set in motion from the Obama era. “Ultimately we will be looking at this issue. It’s not something I’m focused on right now,” he told CNBC in an interview.
We know Trump’s presidency is no stranger to racism so Mnuchin’s statement is not a surprise. What else would you expect in Trump’s America?
“The no.1 issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting…” a politically correct statement. Instead of blatantly saying no, Harriet will not make American currency while Trump is in office he instead comes out with a statement that most won’t question.
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery, freed slaves, and was a soldier in the Civil War. Her accomplishments, especially in her time, are great. It is understandable why she wasn’t acknowledged then. Over the bodies of racists! Obama’s cabinet initiated a national, if not international recognition of Harriet, by wanting to put her on the $20 dollar bill. A dream put in our sleep, that may never come true, at least not in Trumps era.
What does that say about the American government? Do they care? Do they want a Black face on something they value? Questions arise as they deny us well deserved praise, but will it brew an explanation, one that will satisfy both sides?
Until we receive answers or an actual Harriet Tubman $20 Bill will settle for the DIY:
— ?Joshua Malina? (@JoshMalina) August 31, 2017