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Is Putting Harriet Tubman On the $20 Bill Racist and Sexist? Some GOP Members Think So

Is Putting Harriet Tubman On the $20 Bill Racist and Sexist? Some GOP Members Think So

As if getting a woman's portrait on an American bill wasn't hard enough, some members of the GOP led an initiative to block the American woman credited with escorting more than 300 hundred slaves to freedom.

The move comes after The Treasury Department announced it would push Jackson's portrait to the back of the $20 note and place Tubman's image on the face of the bill.

Republican representative Steve King headed the campaign in the GOP to block Harriet Tubman from being the face of the $20 bill. But fortunately the House dodged his efforts and the Rules Committee rejected his proposal Tuesday night.

What was behind the campaign to block the abolitionist icon from replacing an American president whose legacy is attributed to the "Trail of Tears?"

"It's not about Harriet Tubman, it's about keeping the picture on the $20," said King. "Y'know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have."

King also said efforts to put a person of color or a woman on American money is "racist" and "sexist."

"Here's what's really happening: This is liberal activism on the part of the president that's trying to identify people by categories, and he’s divided us on the lines of groups," he said to press. "This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine's unifying. It says just don't change anything."

But for the sake of upholding American tradition, what kind of president would Tubman be replacing anyway?

Critics argue the seventh American president Jackson "engineered genocide" after presiding over a major displacement and forced migration of about 15,000 Cherokee Indians. Reports indicate the relocation ended with the deaths of thousands of Native-Americans, often from starvation and freezing temperatures during the massive move on foot.

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