Thursday, April 21, 2016

Not replaced; he's still fucking there

The US Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman—perhaps one of history's most awesome peeps—will replace President Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill, a man with a somewhat lackadaisical attitude to civil rights.

Only that's not the case; he's still going to fucking be on it. He'll be on the back, only in a smaller size. 

What a bizarre dichotomy—a woman who fought against slavery prominent upon the $20 but still with a slave-holding genocidal fuck-hole on the back but in smaller form. Did I mention the slave owning? And the military adventures in Florida and the extinguishing of a community of native Americans and escaped slaves. He was not a good president; he was one of the shit ones.

Symbols matter. All countries, especially in the west, have leaders that now in the twenty-first century we look back on has having a somewhat problematic attitude to, well, just about everything—women, sex, democracy, land, original owners of that land, race, cupping and phrenology. This is the chance to show the best side of America, putting a woman on a bill and an awesome woman at that, but on the flip-side they're leaving the original stain—the worst part of America, the near-complete destruction of an original people and the possessing of actual human beings. It's just nutty bonkers-time stuff. 

(forehead slap) design decision fail. 

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