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We’ve seen a lot of people buzzing about the new $20 bill which will feature Harriet Tubman on it, officially benching 7th President Andrew Jackson for good. I’m not sure why this is a controversy, but it is. To me it’s not a big deal at all. Harriet Tubman is an American hero. She was a gun-toting, no fucks given champion who not only escaped the horrors of slavery, but continued to risk her life by saving more and more slaves via the underground railroad. She’s one of the greatest Americans to ever live, and anyone who has a problem with her being on the $20 bill is a moron.
This was our favorite comment of the day we found in the vast landscape of Internet comments:
“So essentially the black version of Sarah Palin will be on the $20 bill and the democrats are truly clueless about what she stood for.”
Oh sweet Jesus. Yea, a woman who helped take down the greatest institutional injustice in American history is basically the same thing as a failed vice presidential candidate who thinks Syria is something you eat for breakfast.
Anyway, what we’ve seen from a lot of conservatives, including Donald Trump, was that this was some sort of political correctness. Look, we hate PC around here at Turtleboy Sports, but you can’t overuse that term. It’s like when the PC crowd calls everyone racist. It starts to lose its meaning if you toss it around so liberally. Putting an American hero on our currency isn’t “politically correct” just because she happens to be black and female. I get where this is coming from, but this is something no one should have a problem with. This isn’t Bruce Jenner being forced down on our throats, it’s someone who actually did great things and is being honored for it.
Oh yea, and for what it’s worth, Andrew Jackson would probably be pretty psyched about this. After all this is a guy who HATED banks and paper currency. He destroyed the national bank while he was President and putting him on the $20 was basically the Treasury Department laughing at him because in the end Jackson lost. By taking him off the $20’s we are putting Wacko Jacko out of his misery.
However, my beef with the PC crowd is not that they want Tubman on, it’s that they demand Jackson be taken off. They point out the trail of tears and the fact that he was a southern slave owner. That excuse is just PC revisionist history. Washington and Jefferson were slave owners too but they were a product of their times. At the rate we’re going, a hundred years from now they’ll probably think you were a bigot if you had a problem with someone banging their sister.
Here’s my question – why does each bill have to have just one face? Do fortune cookies all come with the same fortune? When you grab a coke now it always says some person’s name on it. When you get a quick pick at Cumby’s you always get a different number. When I was a kid I used to collect coins because I was a loser like that. I had this book where you try to get one of each coin for each year, because they engrave the year that coin was made right on them. Why not with faces?
Anyway, here at Turtleboy Sports we like winners. Harriet Tubman was born a slave but got away because she was a winner. Then she went strap for strap and started giving more people their freedom. Eventually the cause she was fighting for won out, because all Harriet Tubman did her entire life was win. Meanwhile everything Jackson fought for pretty lost in the end. We have banks, paper currency, and the Indians have casinos. I’d much rather look at a winner like Tubman than a loser like Jackson every time I go to open up my wallet.
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