For some reason, the media is still looking to the former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for his opinions on social matters. This week, he expressed that he is not pleased with the Treasury Department’s decision to replace president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with the iconic freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman (insert the world’s tiniest violin).
“Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt,” Carson said in an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday. “In honor of that, we kick him off of the money.”
Is it not coincidental that Carson is using revisionist history to highlight Andrew Jackson’s presidential successes? Even though he balanced the federal budget, Jackson was a racist who employed his powers to get rid of Native Americans and continue the tradition of African American slavery. In 1831, Jackson tried to get rid of the Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, the Chickasaw, and the Choctaw tribes by relocating them through the Indian Removal Act. In the process, 10,000 Native Americans died.
Carson told the host Neil Cavuto, “I love Harriet Tubman, I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”
The $2 bill is rarely used or seen in circulation, so putting Tubman on the $2 bill would not have as much significance.
Dr. Carson is not the only one to react negatively to the news of Harriet Tubman. Many cultural critics say that the movie ignores Tubman’s legacy and dislike of an American economy, which was built on slave labor.
Activist and social worker Feminista Jones wrote:
Harriet Tubman did not fight for capitalism, free trade, or competitive markets… She risked her life to ensure that enslaved black people would know they were worth more than the blood money that exchanged hands to buy and sell them.
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