A couple of months ago when the Treasury Department announced that Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, naturally, it brought out the racists who then proceeded to whine and complain about our country featuring an African-American woman on our currency. Especially considering she’d be replacing a — gasp — white male.
Well, after that predictable hissy fit, things quickly quieted down. Not only were the 2016 presidential primaries kicking into high gear, but it’s typically hard for people to fake “outrage” for more than a week or two. And let’s face it, the vast majority of the people who were upset over the announcement that Tubman would be replacing Jackson couldn’t really care less.
Though while most of the country had seemingly moved on and accepted that this was going to happen, apparently there are still some racists out there who really do want to do whatever they can to keep an African-American woman from appearing on American currency.
Racists like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who proposed an amendment that would have effectively blocked Tubman from replacing Jackson by stripping away any funding to redesign our currency.
Thankfully, his amendment failed.
“It’s not about Harriet Tubman, it’s about keeping the picture on the $20,” King said, pulling a $20 out of his pocket. “Y’know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have.”
I love that logic of, “I’m a conservative, I like to keep what we have.” Sounds kind of like something slave owners might have said back in the 1860’s.
King then called it “sexist” and “racist” to specifically push for a woman of color to be added to our currency.
“Here’s what’s really happening: This is liberal activism on the part of the president that’s trying to identify people by categories, and he’s divided us on the lines of groups. This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine’s unifying. It says just don’t change anything,” King stated.
So, according to King’s “logic,” it’s “racist” and “sexist” to remove a white male from the front of our currency — even though, at the time these decisions were made, the individuals who were chosen to appear on our money were chosen specifically because white males were given precedent over everything because of blatant racism and sexism.
Something tells me that if it were Ronald Reagan replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, King wouldn’t have much of a problem with that.
This is blatant racism coming from a Republican member of Congress who’s known for being a racist and a bigot. This isn’t about Steve King opposing making changes to the $20 — this is about him being upset that an African-American female is bumping a white male off the front of one of our pieces of currency.
Like I said, if it were Reagan replacing Jackson, I would bet everything I own that King and others like him wouldn’t have any objections.