Twenty Dollar Bill

What’s Your Twenty?


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When the Obama administration announced that Andrew Jackson would be removed from the twenty dollar bill and replaced with Harriet Tubman, a hero who helped lead 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, then private citizen and all-around racist asshole Donald Trump said it was political correctness.

It is not political correctness to remove a racist and hateful president from the face of currency. It’s just correctness. Just like it’ll be correct when we remove a racist and hateful president from the White House.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery by fleeing from her owner’s plantation in Maryland. She returned to the south at least 19 times leading at least 300 slaves to freedom in the north via the Underground Railroad. She also worked as a spy for the Union during the Civil War and is the only woman to ever lead a battalion into battle. Slave owners hated her so much that they put a $40,000 bounty on her head, yet she kept returning to the south to free slaves.

Before being named Secretary to the Treasury and helping Donald Trump hide his taxes, Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin had a cushy job at Goldman Sachs and stripped corporations of their assets. He’s reportedly worth $300 million. He’s also the guy preventing Tubman from replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Mnuchin claims the delay, until at least 2028, is because of counterfeit concerns. Apparently, it’s a lot easier to copy Tubman’s likeness than Andrew Jackson’s. I’m sure his racist boss’s anger at a black woman replacing his hero, slave-owning and Native American murderer Andrew Jackson doesn’t have anything to do with it. Once again, these ass-kissing sycophants are performing for an audience of one. Once again when given the opportunity to do the right thing, these cultists do the wrong thing.

After the war, while traveling from Philadelphia to New York on a “half-fare ticket,” a conductor tried to remove Tubman to the smoking car. It took him and two other men to remove her, breaking her arm and several ribs in the process. She called him a “copperhead scoundrel.”

Today, two copperhead scoundrels are removing her from the $20 bill, but it won’t work. She will be on the bill eventually. Tubman is a historic icon with monuments and parks named after her. Her place in history will always be more revered than that of Cheeto Potentate Shitgibbon and Baby Fishmouth.

Creative note: I got this idea while sitting in a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina with a bunch of other cartoonists. I was keeping to myself at the moment, eating chicken strips when the light bulb struck. I didn’t bounce it off anyone.

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What’s Your Twenty?


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Ultra right-wing scary conservatives have mixed emotions about replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. They’re not euphoric over the bill sporting a woman, or a black person, but on the other hand they’re getting rid of a Democrat.

Andrew Jackson was a slave owner, an ethnic cleanser, and an all around thin-skinned tyrant…back when Democrats were more like today’s Republicans.

What I think the Treasury Department should have done was just make the change, and not tell anyone. That sort of chaos would have been a lot more entertaining to sadistic people such as myself. The Jackson lovers can calm down somewhat as he’ll remain on the back of the twenty, which is about as logical as placing Jefferson Davis on the back of the Five behind Lincoln.

Imagine if you’re a female born and raised in the United States (or if you’re a female you’re already there). You live your life with the impression your country doesn’t value you as much as a male. Everything is named after men. There are statues of men. Only men have been president. Only men are on the dollar. And that only applies to white men. And in our national image, most of those white men were slave owners. There are a few examples such as the statue of Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Virginia where he’s surrounded by statues of slave owners.

Harriet Tubman was born a slave around 1820 in Maryland. She ran away in 1849, following the North Star by night to Philadelphia. The next year, after saving money as a maid, she returned south to save her sister’s family. Then she returned for others. For the next decade, she guided more than 300 slaves to freedom, risking her life and freedom over 19 trips. She is the most famous of the Underground Railroad’s conductors.

Some people are arguing that Tubman should not be on the bill since she wasn’t ever a president. Those critics need to tell us the years of the Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton presidencies (I am glad Mr. Hamilton will be hanging around). Others say she shouldn’t be on the bill because it’s insulting, and ironic, since she fought against the economic system which enslaved her. I think it’s a perfect place for her image and legacy. Imagine all the people opposed to this having to conduct transactions sporting her image. You go, girl!

I had to do a Google image search, not just on Harriet Tubman, but on a $20 bill. I had forgotten what they look like.

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