Tubman Proves: The Vote Counts…Right?


Tubman Proves: The Vote Counts…Right?

by Amy Lignor


We won’t go back to the Gore fiasco (that time, remember? When your votes as citizens were counted and they actually ended up not counting at all?) Yet, here we go again: a popular vote that everyone is now yapping negatively about. Sorry…a requested popular vote that has become a travesty of justice and has people in so-called power upset with the outcome. As with Gore, if you didn’t want the public’s opinion, why did you ask for it?


Amy's Angle, Harriet Tubman, Andrew Jackson, $20 bill replacement mug, justice, freedom, AmericalThis all began when Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, made the announcement that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The former slave and abolitionist will “omit” the seventh President of the U.S. from the line-up. She will not only be the first African-American, but also the first woman in over a century to have her face appear on U.S. currency.


Tubman was selected by that old double-edged sword – the popular vote. She went up against some other noteworthy females, including Eleanor Roosevelt. But Tubman came out victorious, as if the people were congratulating her for starting from the worst of places (escaping slavery in Maryland) to live through the worst of times in the U.S. to then dedicate all she had to bringing justice and freedom to other slaves through the Underground Railroad.


Now, “omit” used above was a harsh word. After all, Jackson’s not gone completely. He will be on the back of the $20 next to the image of the White House. And although the great Lincoln and Hamilton will keep their respective mugs on the $5 and $10, the backs of the bills will be altered to include women who helped the U.S. and made their own mark, such as Susan B. Anthony. All the ones to appear will have been leaders of the 1913 suffragette movement that fought for the rights of women. There will be other “images” to appear, like an honor given to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Is it just the boy’s club who has difficulty with this? Was it just a bunch of women screaming for their right to shine on U.S. cash? Actually, no. The Secretary of Treasury was going to overhaul the bills anyway; counterfeiting has grown instead of decreased, and the Secretary asked for a vote from the people to help pick a woman to put on one of the bills.


Conservatives, democrats, republicans – you name it, they now all have something to say. Speeches focusing on everything from “Obama being anti-black for honoring Harriet Tubman,” to others who think women on the bills is just plain wrong because they had no access to “real” power, are coming out to rant and rave. In the end, however (unlike what happened in the Gore fiasco), the bills will be changed.


Lew in his office is not wavering one bit and states that the final designs of the bills will be revealed to the public in 2020, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Oddly enough, the one that gave women the right to vote in the first place.


Most people in this country will simply say that as long as the $20 is still worth $20, then they wouldn’t care if Mickey Mouse was on it. But there is a deeper meaning here. Tubman, who did not, I grant, have power like the big boys, once said: I grew up like a neglected weed; ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.


Well, let’s make sure that our grandchildren never have to say that. Liberty was fought for and died for, so stop trying to change what the citizens of the country have already decided. Uphold the vote at all times; that’s what it’s there for!

Source:  Baret News

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