It was quite disappointing when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the unveiling of the $20 bill that will bear abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be delayed past 2020. Mnuchin stated that the release would be delayed due to new security features being developed, which he said would push the release back six years to 2026. According to a report from the New York Times, the creation of the bill is in fact close to being done
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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had already began working on designing the bill and the preliminary design was completed back in 2016 while former president Barack Obama was in office. A source from the Treasury office told the New York Times that Mnuchin really delayed the release because he feared that Trump would interfere with the $20 bill seeing the light of day. Mnuchin denies these allegations. Another unnamed source from the bureau said they viewed a digital image and metal engraving plate of the $20 bill and confirmed that the design looks almost complete.
Len Olijar, the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, echoed Mnuchin and claimed that the bureau “was never going to unveil a note design in 2020.” He added that releasing the $20 bill next year will make it vulnerable for counterfeiters and that the image of the bill that has been leaked doesn’t have any of the needed security features.
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The current $20 bill bears Andrew Jackson, who is Trump’s favorite president. The Harriet Tubman bill was reportedly set to be released in 2020 by the Obama Administration, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
Trump’s Treasury Secretary Delays The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill
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Harriet Tubman belongs on the $20. Not moving forward is an insult not just to the African American community, but to all Americans who believe we should honor an American who contributed so greatly to the nation’s history. https://t.co/stB3Z2Ust1— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) May 16, 2019
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The white supremacists running this country are not about to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to have y'all contemplating racism and resistance every time y'all go to the ATM. Y'all gonna get that good ol' agent of genocide Andrew Jackson— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES (@BreeNewsome) May 22, 2019
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The new Harriet Tubman $20 bill was supposed to be released next year, but the Trump administration is postponing it until 2028, which means it ain’t happening. https://t.co/jLFSFHkNTv— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 22, 2019
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Harriet Tubman is way too good to be on US currency. She's always better than dirty money. https://t.co/x4NKWDfNIk— William C. (@williamcson) May 22, 2019
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I hate to be a conspiracy theorist but i just don’t believe that the delay in replacing ANDREW JACKSON with HARRIET TUBMAN on the 20 is about counterfeiting— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) May 22, 2019
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They're out here trying to erase Harriet Tubman but fighting for Robert E Lee statues. We see you.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 22, 2019
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These racist fucks https://t.co/fZm9kS3bxe— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) May 22, 2019
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Harriet Tubman may not be appearing on printed US currency yet, but that won't stop me from printing her image on other items. pic.twitter.com/MjAbr5oXDQ— ZaronRangerX (@zaronrangerx) May 22, 2019
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I think I speak for us all when I say: Fuck that guy. He’s not fit to speak Harriet Tubman’s name. 🤯 https://t.co/xHeqSFT1Xl— Gwenda Bond 😈 (@Gwenda) May 22, 2019
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Suddenly counterfeit money is an issue the moment a black woman is scheduled to appear on our money?https://t.co/0A2hMsq6We— Scott Nevins (@ScottNevins) May 22, 2019
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What's telling here is Mnuchin doesn’t even really feel the need to come up with a plausible excuse, it’s just a given that this administration is too racist to do it and that’s that. https://t.co/aTDJea95fV— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 22, 2019
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The Harriet Tubman $20 bill will be delayed until 2028 wow— 🌻 (@iramahc) May 22, 2019
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This story was originally published on MadameNoire.com.
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