Good afternoon folks. Maybe I am a contrarian, but I have to come out and say that this latest news about Harriet Tubman being put on a 20 dollar bill isn’t that big of a deal for me. If I have to be one of the few to say it, then I will.
The fact that this kind of symbolism keeps happening shows that real change is hard to fight for. We can get Harriet Tubman on a 20 dollar bill, but can’t put away a cop for killing an unarmed Black person. Okay, America. When I say that, I mean no disrespect to the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Don’t put me in that Russell Simmons category. It’s just that I can’t get “happy” about this when Akai Gurley’s murderer got off yesterday with 800 hours of community service and 5 years probation. I can’t bring myself to celebrate a symbolic “win” Talk about the commodification of the struggle. That’s a thought piece just waiting to write itself.