Let’s go ahead and put Harriet Tubman On the $20 Bill

Let’s go ahead and put Harriet Tubman On the $20 Bill

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Ryan Fitzgerald started this petition to United States Department of the Treasury and

This was supposed to be the year when Harriet Tubman would finally grace the $20 bill. But the Trump administration has other plans.

Despite nationwide protests and a push for racial equality, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters that the design featuring Tubman -- a former slave known for her work helping free African Americans from bondage -- will not be sped up to be unveiled this year, according to the New York Times. why?  In these times of unrest where demonstrable efforts should be made to affirm racial equality, the Trump Administration continues to dig in their heals. 

The Secretary's remarks reaffirming his stance on the Tubman bill come despite the Obama administration's initial timeline that had the design of the note being unveiled in 2020.  The administration relates currency security delays as the reason for not being able to meet the timeline previously set forth and states that these security issues now required more time to complete.

By Mr. Mnuchin’s estimates, it will take five to six years to “secure” the the new Tubman $20 bill so as to be able to safely introduce the currency circulation.  A timeline that, parenthetically, extends beyond a presumptive Trump a second term. While strongly denying political motivation, it is truly difficult to believe that President Trump, who idolizes President Andrew Jackson—a slave owner—and the current figure head of the $20 dollar bill, is not delaying the release of this bill for his own racist agenda.

At a time when America is contending with  the frank reality of racial disparity, and those on all sides looking for common ground to move forward together to build a better, stronger United States of America’s, the addition of Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill feels like an easy and appropriate start. Congress has already approved the measure and now we find ourselves stuck in the quagmire of political motivations. Let’s Change that. 

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