Last year the Treasury Department announced that they were considering replacing founding father Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman, and asked citizens to use the hashtag #TheNew10 to nominate women who they think should be featured. However, since then the Treasury has come up with a better idea to refresh their currency. Hamilton is now safe on the $10, but Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson – a President and slave owner – on the new $20 bill. Harriet Tubman, a woman, a person of color and a progressive activist, was born into slavery. She’s been recognized as an American icon thanks to her role as an abolitionist.
However, commenting on the Treasury’s decision, former Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing wasn’t too happy about it and made no effort to hide it. “I really don’t think that’s a smart choice,” Rushing, who resigned in July of last year for racist comments regarding Barack and Michelle Obama, argued. “In fact, I believe that was one of the stupidest things we could have done to resolve the issue. And while we’re on the subject, I’m not really sure we have an issue here to begin with. Andrew Jackson was a great American and a great president. And let me remind you that most white people owned slaves at the time. Should Jackson be blamed for being true to the time he lived in? I don’t think so. And I also think many Americans today agree with me.”
“Therefore, I don’t see how putting a black gorilla on the $20 bill is going to help make African-Americans feel more equal to white people,” the former mayor also added. “If anything, it is only going to further destroy the American economy. Nobody wants to have a $20 bill in their pocket that has a picture of an abolitionist on it. That’s just insane. Black people have been trying to forget what they went through in the 19th century for hundreds of years. And if we go ahead with this, we’re only going to rekindle a dying flame. All men were created equal, but not all of them are deserving enough to be on our money. And this country was built on money, so you can surely understand the importance of who we put on it.”
Rushing also said that “we’re already the laughing stock of every major nation in the world,” including countries that “we used to laugh at for a ton of reasons.” “The wheel of luck is turning, some people would say. I would personally argue that we’re being stupid enough to let it turn instead of controlling the damn thing like we have so far. But, that’s what happens when you have a Democratic, black gorilla presidential couple. And you know it was Michelle Obama who actually pushed for Tubman to make it to the $20 bill. But, I guess that’s just the way of the world. One black gorilla always helps out another. They’re like the mafia, only harder to spot in the dark.”