“The Obama administration has inadvertently given Harriet Tubman fans of all political stripes an opportunity to tell the story of a deeply religious, gun-toting Republican who fought for freedom in defiance of the laws of a government that refused to recognize her rights.” Citizen magazine, August 2016, p. 11
Tubman on the Twenty
Citizen magazine, August 2016, p. 11
Last year (in our May 2015 issue, to be precise), we told you about the movement by feminists to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman.
This year, that’s just what happened. But not the way some of the people in that movement wanted.
When they started, the Women on $20s movement pushed its own candidates for the currency. Among the most prominent: Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a notorious eugenicist who sought to sterilize people she called “the unfit” and “human weeds” (primarily darker-skinned individuals whose ancestors were slaves).
But when Treasury Department officials said they’d put a woman on the $20 bill in April of this year, they picked Harriet Tubman. And there’s merit in that pick.
Tubman was a genuine American heroine, an ex-slave who repeatedly put herself at risk to rescue other slaves via the Underground Railroad. And her motives were rooted in her Christian faith—a faith that shone throughout her life, right down to her last words, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2).
Which has some conservatives cheering her selection. “If it was political correctness that drove this decision, who cares?” writes Jim Geraghty in National Review. “The Obama administration has inadvertently given Tubman fans of all political stripes an opportunity to tell the story of a deeply religious, gun-toting Republican who fought for freedom in defiance of the laws of a government that refused to recognize her rights.”
Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it?