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Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016

Dave!And so Harriet Tubman has been chosen to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.

Even a cursory examination of her story reveals that she is the epitome of American spirit (and, I'd argue, American values), and I think she is a fantastic choice for the honor.

But, of course, she's Black and a woman, which means the controversy over her selection is already unloading all over the internet. Most of it is almost comical in its ignorance. My favorite being "SHE WASN'T EVEN A PRESIDENT!" as if that's a requirement (which begs the question of how Benjamin Franklin and Sacagawea ended up on our modern money, but whatever). And then there's the "YOU'RE CHANGING OUR TRADITIONS AND HISTORY!" brigade (I'll just leave this link right here), which is equally telling in ignorance about how far back some people consider "history" to go.

Rumor has it that Viola Davis has been working on a Tubman biopic for a while now. Something tells me that she's going to have no problem getting it off the ground now. Which is awesome news, of course. There's a lot of ignorant people in need of a history lesson.

As always, it's just a matter of whether they choose to listen to it.

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  1. martymankins says:

    There are some that are ignorant enough to think Ben Franklin was a President. Then for those that are bitching about a woman on our money, they forget about the Susan B. Anthony $1 coin, which was listed in that Wiki link above.

  2. martymankins says:

    Correction: that Wiki link was only paper currency, not coin.

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