Upon the announcement by the U.S. Treasury that they're removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replacing him with abolitionist Harriet Tubman, former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was critical of the decision.
During an interview, Carson aid, "I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill."
But after receiving criticism for his statement and accusations that he didn't respect Tubman, Carson wrote an Independent Journal opinion piece about how he believes putting Tubman on the $20 bill would actually dishonor her legacy.
Carson called Tubman "one of America’s truest and most revered freedom fighters," and said she "deserves a far more fitting tribute than to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency by placing her on the twenty dollar bill. The effort to rush this through under the current Obama administration is nothing short of national disgrace — an empty gesture designed to mask a much more fundamental problem: the burgeoning U.S. debt, and the declining significance of the U.S. Dollar."
In his piece, Carson drew correlations between the slavery Tubman fought for the slavery people are in today, saying, "Harriet Tubman would likely be turning over in her grave if she knew she would be the new face of American debt slavery. She would revile the cheap trick being pulled on African Americans in getting them to support this nearly bankrupt symbol of American debt. It is amazing how, just as the currency dwindles down to near worthlessness — all of a sudden the Government wants to invoke Harriet Tubman as a symbol on the twenty dollar bill."
Does he make a good point?