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  1. Nom Deplume on April 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

    ” I can think of no other reason than either gender bias or racial prejudice for anyone to protest the change.”

    This tells me everything I need to know about you, your thinking, and what you wrote. As it will be predictable and well-worn, I’ll not waste time reading it.

    I appreciate that you announced your close-mindedness and penchant for confirmation bias up front. It saved me time.

    • Jeff on April 23, 2016 at 9:35 am

      I didn’t say that there wasn’t any other reason for not wanting Harriet Tubman on the bill. I didn’t say that there wasn’t another reason for being against changing the bill. I said that I, personally, could not think of any other reason to be against Tubman in particular as the choice of person, once the choice to make the change was made by the powers that be. If you have valid reasons for why she should not have been chosen, you could have expressed them. To me, it is ironic that you called me closed-minded as you simultaneously declared the nobility of your being unwilling to read the rest of what I wrote. Interesting.

  2. Justin on April 22, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    It’s ridiculous to replace Jackson. With that mentality we should replace Grant too then. He had slaves all the way up to the end of the civil war. When asked why he said “good help is hard to find”. But he is still on it. If you want to put a man on a bill it should be Robert E. Lee. The union wanted him to head the army, and if Virginia would have stayed he would of been. But he was a loyalist to his state ( which was the norm then). It’s on record he freed his slaves long before the war ended. So that there shows dedication, foresight, and loyalty.
    Jackson may have been an ass, but his accomplishments should be held in high regards. War hero of 1812, only president to attack his would be assassin, eliminated a corrupt central banking system, and helped the expansion of territory. This criticism of him over the Indians is just plain ridiculous due to the fact that it’s a scenario played throughout human history. The Indians were always fighting each other, slaughtering men and boys, taking women and young girls as slaves. Here alone in Minnesota the ojibwia killed and captured land from the Sioux. There is still bad blood between the tribes over that.
    All this move is is a pc kiss ass, hope to appease a minority. I’m tired of it. I have read many books about many people in our nation’s history, and the only one I don’t agree with being on our money is Hamilton ( who was shot dead by Aaron Burr, Jackson’s VP). Putting Tubmann on is a mistake. She may have helped free many slaves, but it is well documented that she wasn’t afraid to kill any that got cold feet. Evil if you think about it. And yes I will say it. Demonizing one you have to point out the other.

  3. Vester on April 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    The men on the money are either Founders or Presidents. She is just a person & should not be replacing any of the men on the money. Hey let’s put Elvis Presely, Fats Domino, etc. No the money should be reserved for the type of men that are on it already. All these people suggested are but bleeps on history. Most are never heard of or of very little importance in the scheme of things

    • Jeff on April 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Vester, thanks for your comment. Andrew Jackson certainly held a noble office as President, but he was not “the type of men” I would regard in a way higher than Harriet Tubman. Jackson used his authority to enact policy that led to the deaths of innumerable Native Americans. That is his legacy. Harriet Tubman risked her own life to save others. She is most assuredly the type of person that should be revered in this country – not because of a title or position, but because of her courage and character.

  4. Doug Lyle on April 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Good read, Jeff. I want to add something that you didn’t mention regarding why there is such racial tension. The political left has done a really fine job of “educating” the black community about how oppressed they are. While white oppression of blacks is a historical fact, the current situation would not be nearly so tense had the political left been silent. But they were not silent. They berated whites for being racists while simultaneously telling blacks how bad they have it. So, today, whites suffer from guilt while blacks suffer as victims. We can thank the political left for this contribution.

    I totally agree with you that racial issues must be solved at the individual level but something must be done to tear down white guilt and black victimization. I can see only one thing that will get that job done. White leaders and black leaders must join hands and say to the political left, “No more! We will not let you divide us as human beings.” There must be a very public rejection of the guilt and victim mentalities. The at-large populations of whites and blacks must be reeducated so that, at a grass-roots level, the lies of the political left will be rejected. If this happens, then individual whites and blacks can begin to see ourselves as nothing more or less than members of the human race. God created humans, we created race.

    My hope is that blacks and whites alike will see through the ploy of the left and come together as human beings only, rejecting guilt and rejecting being victims.

    • Jeff on April 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Great points, dad.