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Black Twitter, Racist Trolls Have a Field Day with News About Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill


Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that abolitionist and Black liberator Harriet Tubman will appear on the front of the $20 bill, while notorious slave-owning President Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back in 2020.

According to Atlanta Black Star, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew was criticized in the past by feminist groups for retracting a proposal to put an esteemed woman on the $10 bill. This promise to put a woman on the $10 bill would keep abolitionist Alexander Hamilton on the back but have a woman on the front. The smash Broadway hit Hamilton changed his mind and influenced his newest decision.

Atlanta Black Star reported that this announcement was met with mixed — and bigoted — reactions from users on social media, political pundits and others. One of the most notable was former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who wanted Tubman on the $2 bill instead.

Some Twitter trolls had the worst possible response to the announcement. Many of them claimed “white genocide” and a “war on whites.”

Twitter user @extrahotcheese claims that bills with Tubman will be darkened similar to a minstrel caricature.

This racist Twitter user implies that Black people use food stamps the most, even though the Huffington Post and many others have reported that whites use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program the most. In fact, the Huffington Post reported in 2015 that 40.2 percent of the program benefits goes to whites.

Twitter user @DathanScroggs is claiming white genocide in an effort to defend Jackson — slave owner, Native American mass murderer and much more.

This user says Tubman is just too unattractive.

User @DarklyEnlightLM calls Tubman a “mudskin” and proclaims there is a “war on white” people.

That was only the tip of the iceberg of racist backlash. However, there were also lots of laughs and anticipation for the new currency.

User @pjhoody points out the strange dilemma racists will face in 2020.

@feminewbie wants a more bad-ass Harriet Tubman on her $20 bill.

User @VictorPopeJr beleives that Tubman may be needed again if Republican front runner Donald Trump becomes president.

Journalist and news pundit Ronan Farrow pokes fun of the recent whitewashing and diversity issues in Hollywood.


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