Unexpected Reactions to Harriet Tubman Being Put on the $20 Bill


Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is kicking Andrew Jackson off the front of the $20 bill but he will put on the back of the bill. The back of the $10 bill will feature Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul; and the back of the $5 bill will feature Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt. As Jack Lew said, he wants the bills to tell a set of stories.

The PC aspect of it is annoying but Harriet Tubman is a great choice. Maybe we should be more concerned about the way we are spending money since we are $20 trillion in debt.

Reactions were varied, mostly positive and others were strange, but here we go.

Ebony Magazine tweeted that she led hundreds to freedom. It was actually about 70, but still a remarkable accomplishment. She is said to have served in the Civil War as a scout, nurse, cook, and spy for the Union. She is a true American hero we should admire.

One man tweeted, “My grandma was around for the “whites only” era and got to see a black president and now Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill… Wow.” That’s very cool.

Then there was this bitter response from a rapper Azealia Banks: “So, they’re gonna put Harriet Tubman on [t]he 20$ bill as another little trinket to keep blacks satisfied. But won’t repay us for slavery.”

Charlie Rangel said it shows what a black and a woman can achieve.

Charlie Rangel

A self-described black nationalist who teaches at UC Berkeley – where else – tweeted: “#FreeJalilMuntaqim ‏@BlakeDontCrack, Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is a disgrace to what she fought for. It’s the ultimate neo-liberal co-opt of the Black struggle.”

CBS radio interviewed some official associated with the Treasury who was all for Harriet Tubman being put on the $20 dollar bill. He said that now every time he takes out a twenty, he will think of her and her accomplishments.

Every time I take out a twenty now I think of Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. When I take out a $2 bill, I think of Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. I’m being sarcastic of course.

Hillary Clinton’s reaction was predictable. She said she’s “A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman.” I bet she will carry a lot of twenties now along with her Beyoncé hot sauce.

Former presidential candiate, Dr. Ben Carson isn’t happy. He feels we could have found another way to honor her, like put her on the $2 bill.

CAVUTO: “Let me ask, while I still have you sir. You might have heard that the Treasury is announced that Andrew Jackson is getting kicked off the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist is going on and I don’t know where Andrew goes now. But what do you think of that, Harriet Tubman getting on the face of U.S. currency?”

CARSON: “I think Andrew Jackson was a tremendous secretary, I mean a tremendous president. Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget. Where we had no national debt.”

CAVUTO: “And here he gets kicked off the $20 bill.”

CARSON: “Right. In honor of that we kick him off the money.”

CAVUTO: “Are you anti-Harriet Tubman?”

CARSON: “No. I love Harriet Tubman, I love what she did. But we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill?”

CAVUTO: “Or give it to him. Resolve it that way.”

CARSON: “Yeah.”

CAVUTO: “Dr. Carson, thank you very, very much.”


  1. For years we have called dollars *BUCKS*… If the government puts BLACK people on dollars I am guessing the new PC mantra will have something to do with *BUCKS* being a racist word…

  2. What bothers me is this is just a change for political correctness. Nothing against Harriet Tubman, but I agree with Dr. Carson, she could have been honored in a different way Instead of removing Jackson. Who despite being flawed, did a lot of good for the nation. I’m sick of our culture, heritage and history being changed and erased for political correctness and constantly aggrieved and offended people. Not to mention, how much are all these unnecessary changes to our currency costing us in tax dollars?

  3. I hope Dr. Carson just forgot that we already have a $2 bill with Thomas Jefferson depicted on it, not that he would remove Jefferson in favor of anyone else.

  4. Here’s an idea. How about we not tamper with existing currency, and instead, if they want to honor someone else, issue one or more new denomination(s).

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