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About "Harriet Tubman (NEG)"
The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of 2019 would immediately replace the picture of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Tubman’s, starting 1 January 2021. This is supposed to honor her oppression and her heroism in overcoming it as a woman and former slave. However, this Negative brief argues that putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would not be a tribute, but an insult. Considering that the legacy of racism and slavery continue in the U.S. and that discrimination still exists among certain people, this gesture is only masking the issue. It won’t do anything to make people change. But it might make them feel better about themselves, which would be counterproductive. (“Hey, we put a black lady on the 20! Problem solved! “) Leaving the slave-owning Jackson on the $20 sends a message about what needs to be done. Tubman herself never would have wanted to be on our currency, so leaving her off is the best way to honor her legacy.
Additionally, there are “security concerns” regarding the release of the new $20. That is one reason that the Treasury slowed down its release. Starting it up again might allow counterfeiters to take advantage of a sloppily designed bill.
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After having a lukewarm novice year as a sophomore, Jonathan gained an affinity for debate and research. He qualified to NITOC in both his junior and senior years in TP and Parli and won several tournaments in TP. Currently, he is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University studying study Law and Politics. He works as a researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and also with the John E. Talbott & Associates law firm in Henderson, TN. Jonathan believes that there is no sufficient substitute for well-researched knowledge.