I can’t tell you how happy I am that Harriet will get this honor. America is finally waking up and doing something right for a change. This is a huge victory for African Americans! African Americans have yet to fully enjoy true freedom , and yet our ancestors were the ones who worked themselves to death to make America what it is today.
The new show Underground is bringing to light the history of what slaves endured in order to escape a life of servitude to the greedy, inhumane whites that kept them enslaved. Even though Underground is by far my favorite show on television, but I am truly saddened with the way black people, my ancestors , were treated like animals.
America can NEVER in a trillion years, make true and full amends for her sins when it comes to slavery! Putting Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill, is a step in the right direction, but certainly minuscule .
True change will occur when Americans make a concerted effort to look at how “white privilege” is perceived and how it has shaped and fueled racism in the United States for far too long. Effective change can only begin with looking at a person of color the same way whites have been looked at for centuries in America. Until we do that, we will continue to have racial inequalities. The task will require deliberate overhaul for any change to take place.
Unfortunately, I am very pessimistic about any genuine change , especially when you have a presidential candidate in Donald Trump making outrageous statements calling blacks lazy. These types of negative diatribes only take us further away from bringing about racial healing.
In the meantime, I am going to rejoice in the fact that the powers to be, felt compelled to throw a few crumbs our way by putting my hero, Harriet Tubman, on the twenty dollar bill.