It's more than a little ironic that on a day dedicated to lethargic thinking (4-20), and embracing stupidity, the Treasury Department announced that President Andrew Jackson is being de-prioritized from the $20 bill in favor of...Harriet Tubman?
I get it; inclusivity dictates that a female, or an African American appears on U.S. currency, or ideally, both.
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Wednesday announced the most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century, proposing to replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist, and to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 notes.Mr. Lew may have reneged on a commitment he made last year to make a woman the face of the $10 bill, opting instead to keep Alexander Hamilton, to the delight of a fan base swollen with enthusiasm over a Broadway rap musical named after and based on the life of the first Treasury secretary.But the broader remaking of the nation’s paper currency, which President Obama welcomed on Wednesday, may well have captured a historical moment for a multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial nation moving contentiously through the early years of a new century.
Jackson it seems, will still be on the back.
I'm not against putting worthy candidates on currency, but this is so clearly an act of pandering as to be sickening. Currency has historically been the preserve of heads of state (i.e. presidents and national founders like Franklin).
I know the slippery slope argument is not a strong one, but I feel compelled to ask, how long until we see LeBron James on the $100 bill? Tiger Woods? Madonna? Obama?
Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the decision.