The move to feature Harriet Tubman on the US$20 bill has evoked the criticism of GOP leader Ben Carson who said there are better ways to honour her.
While Tubman was an African-American activist and a Union spy during the Civil War, Andrew Jackson as the former white president faced many allegations of high-handedness towards Native Americans. In the new dollar designs, Jackson will be relegated to the back of the $20 bill.
In a muted criticism, GOP’s presidential aspirant, Ben Carson, expressed that he is not amused. Carson is a backer of Donald Trump. In his view, there are better ways to honour Harriet Tubman. One of his suggestions was to still keep her on a bill but not on $20 note, reports USA Today.
In his comments to Fox Business Network’s host Neil Cavuto, Carson said, “Well, I think Andrew Jackson was a tremendous secretary. I mean a tremendous president,” referring to the change in the twenty bill.
“Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt,” Carson said. He said it was a paradox that “in honor of that, we kick him off of the money.”
To the question whether he is anti-Harriet Tubman, he replied, “No, I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did. But we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”
Thanks to the cacophony of fans, there was no axing of founding father Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill, according to Politico.
The historic figures in the new bills are mainly from the women’s suffrage movement. They will crowd the back of the $10 bill. In the $5 bill, many civil rights era leaders and moments of American history will be making a joint splash, reports New York Times,
A slew of new designs on several bills was announced by the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, seeking to incorporate many women leaders and historic moments. The women leaders include Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.
For Tubman, it will be a great posthumous honor to become the first woman to feature on the American dollar after Martha Washington’s brief imprint at the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century.