Thursday, March 6, 2014

Remove Jackson from the $20 bill

There has been talk about removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. There are two very good reasons for this, the first of all is how he committed genocide against Native Americans and the second is how he vehemently opposed the Second National Bank and closed it, ushering in an era of economic instability. All in all, his economic and social policies were terrible, and he shouldn't be commended for it.

Then the question becomes, who should be on our $20 bill? Here are some ideas,

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was critical in getting two civil rights bills passed, and made an amazing difference... he would probably get the most support for replacing Jackson.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson. President Johnson passed more civil rights legislation than any other President in history despite half the country opposing it. He continued the economic policies under Kennedy that saw the 60s be a decade of immense growth in America. Out of all the Presidents not currently on our money, he is the obvious choice.
  • Susan B. Anthony. Leading the suffragist movement, she made an incredible difference for our country and it would be right to honor her to be on our money.
These are the three Americans currently not on our money who I believe made enough of a difference to be fit to be on our money. there can only be one, so I would make a proposition.

I would say President Johnson would be the most appropriate to be on the bill however. While I have endless respect for Dr. King and Susan B. Anthony the back of the $20 bill is the White House which is an appropriate national landmark to be on our money. What would be even more appropriate to put the other two great Americans on our money would be to have the White House surrounded by Dr. King on one side and Susan B. Anthony on another... who could be watermarks. That would keep the security feature of Jackson's watermark (which would of course be replaced) and surround the President who did the most good for our civil rights in our history with the two most influential civil rights leaders this country has ever seen, which would show people who don't value human rights here and abroad that this is a free land.

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