Yesterday, Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin threw cold water on the idea that Harriet Tubman might some day soon appear on the $20 bill. The idea was first proposed during the Obama presidency. President Andrew Jackson, who currently appears, would be moved to the back of the bill along with an image of the White House.
Mnuchin said, “It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.” It makes sense that the Trump regime — which has defended Neo-Nazis and white supremacists — would balk at the idea of giving an escaped black slave and abolitionist a prominent place on American currency.
Now, Chelsea Clinton, activist and daughter of Hillary and Bill, has taken to Twitter to support the movement to place Tubman on our money. She retweeted a supportive message:
The retweeted message was a refutation of a racist tweet from @Identitarian14. Identitarianism is a white nationalist movement that started in Europe and has spread to the United States. Infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right and one of the prominent attendees at the violent Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally is an identitarian.
There is no legitimate argument to made against putting Tubman on the $20 bill. The fact that all of our paper money depicts white men is an insult to our multicultural and multiracial society.
We have an obligation to honor the contributions made by people from all walks of life to our great American experiment. Our money is a focal point of our national identity, and Tubman is more than deserving of a place at its heart.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.