While many of us were aware that there was a petition to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, we were still shocked to hear on Wednesday that the former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman was picked to grace the cover of one of the most coveted forms of currency in our nation, the Huffington Post reported. The hero who led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad could pop up on the bill as early as 2030.
Despite this “delayed” time frame, Black Twitter celebrated the heck out of this news:
Folks also imagined how dissenters, like Ben Carson, might respond to this news:
Despite folks’ utter love for Tubman, there was some concern about our hero representing capitalism and supremacy given the current state of Black America:
If anything, this should get us excited about tonight’s…
But before you pop open that champagne, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Jackson won’t be totally erased: He will still be on the back on the bill, with Tubman on front.
What do you think? Is it progress to have a slave owner being pushed aside to make room for a Black abolitionist and icon?