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    At present, the nation and the world are taking more notice of Harriet Tubman’s American heritage as a hero of liberty. These days her life is celebrated across America – such as the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center  in Maryland, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a self-guided driving tour with 36 sites and a route of 125 miles. Her accomplishments often have been entombed in middle school history books, however she was so much more than a symbol for a resistance movement against the brutal injustices of America’s dehumanizing enslavement of Black Americans: She was a real person who lived a full life for the betterment of society and humanity. Harriet was her mother’s first name, and Tubman was her husband’s last name. Her original name was Araminta Ross, and she was born into slavery in 1820 or 1821 on the eastern...
    (Photo: Fair Use Archive, U.S. Treasury Department) People have an honest difference of opinion about whether Harriet Tubman’s likeness should grace the front of the $20 bill. Whether you view the change as progress and badly needed representation or just disrespectful, that is not nearly enough. Black America needs far more, and is owed much more. Read More: Biden admin wants to ‘speed up’ effort to place Harriet Tubman on $20 note Now that Donald Trump is out of the White House and Biden is in, the plans to replace Andrew Jackson with Sister Moses on the $20 note have begun in earnest. Trump — who convinced a lynch mob to storm the Capitol in the waning days of his presidency, and whose father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally — loves Andrew Jackson, who owned enslaved Africans and committed genocide against Native Americans. Harriet Tubman (left) and former President Andrew Jackson...
    (CNN)It's clear after his first week in office that President Joe Biden's leadership marks a new era, one in which the White House intends to be the disruptor of what's always been, to forge national consensus around confronting systemic racism, making that -- as he put it Tuesday -- one of "the core values of this nation." Biden's laser focus on racial justice represents the most sustained presidential focus on race matters that America has ever seen, at least since Reconstruction or Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. Peniel JosephBiden's set an important tone for the entire federal government's approach to racial equity Tuesday, when he signed four executive orders promoting racial equity in housing (a reversal of the previous administration's stance on efforts to root out systemic racism in federal housing policies), ending the federal use of private prisons, "reaffirming the federal government's commitment to tribal sovereignty and consultation" with...
    A liberal Washington Post columnist was called out Monday for claiming "many conservatives" would object to Harriet Tubman gracing the $20 bill but giving no examples. The Biden administration has announced plans to speed up a redesign of the $20 bill to feature Tubman, the abolitionist and former slave who led other slaves to freedom on the "Underground Railroad." She would replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the bill. "Many conservatives will find the new Tubman bill distressing, even if they could barely tell you the first thing about Jackson," columnist Paul Waldman wrote for the liberal "Plum Line" blog. "Does that make them racist? The real answer is, it doesn’t matter. What’s in individual hearts is not really important." US TREASURY DEPARTMENT 'RESUMING' EFFORTS TO PUT HARRIET TUBMAN ON $20 BILL Waldman did not cite any individuals in his claim, going on to write that "a good portion of the...
    THE Biden administration has announced a fresh push on plans to revamp the $20 bill. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced yesterday that former president Andrew Jackson could be replaced by escaped slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the note. 1Former president Andrew Jackson is currently on the $20 bill, but could soon be replaced by abolitionist Harriet TubmanCredit: Getty Images - Getty She added that the treasury is looking at ways to “speed up” the redesign. We explain who is on the bill now, why there are plans for a redesign, and when you can expect to pop the new $20 bill in your pocket. Who is on the bill now? Former president Andrew Jackson is currently on the $20 bill. He was born in 1767 and died in 1845. He was the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. However, he has been criticised...
    Have the Monday blues? Well, here’s some good news! The Biden administration announced Monday that it is working to “speed up” efforts in redesigning the $20 bill to feature Harriet Tubman. While a timeline has not yet been announced by the Treasury Department, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the plan during a press conference in which she was asked if the new administration would pick up the initiative. “It’s important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that," she added. "So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort." The movement to have women on U.S. currency began years ago with grassroots organizations including Women On 20s, Daily Kos reported. Efforts to redesign the $20 bill to include Tubman and replace Andrew Jackson were announced during the Obama...
    The Treasury Department is moving forward with an effort to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill after the effort was delayed indefinitely by the Trump administration in 2019.  "The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. "It's important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that." In a statement provided to CBS News, a Treasury Department spokesperson echoed those remarks, calling Tubman a "role model for leadership and participation in our democracy." The renewed effort comes after former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced nearly two years ago that the redesign proposed under former President Obama would not happen under the Trump administration. Mnuchin said it...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, on the $20 bill. But Tubman’s fate had been in doubt since the 2016 presidential campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move “pure political correctness.” Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision by the Obama administration. Instead, Mnuchin in 2019 announced a delay in redesigning the $20 bill in order to redesign the $10 and $50 bills first to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters. The unveiling of the...
    Loading the player... The move to place Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill is back on. U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty has been working tirelessly for Tubman’s image to be placed on the $20 note. Now that President Joe Biden is in office, Beatty is hoping to speed up the process of the “Woman on the Twenty Act of 2021” bill and replace Andrew Jackson’s image with a portrait of the late abolitionist. Read More: Biden’s reversal of transgender military ban seen as ‘victory’ for equality “For several years, I worked directly with the Department of Treasury to plan the release of the new $20 design featuring Harriet Tubman to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment,” said Beatty in a press release obtained by theGrio on January 25th. “The American people want our currency to better reflect the diversity of our great country. I look forward to working with the...
    President Joe Biden’s administration will try to speed up the effort to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the White House said Monday. “The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 note,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday. She recalled being “excited” when former President Barack Obama’s administration first put in motion a plan to change the $20 bill. “It’s important that our notes, our money … reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” she said. “So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.” Psaki did not set a timeline for the $20 bill replacement. Trump opposed the idea, noting that he felt it was “very rough” to take someone off the bill,...
    Bradley Cortright January 25, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden‘s administration is working to speed up the plan to put the image of the famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill. Former President Barack Obama’s administration finalized plans to replace the image of President Andrew Jackon on the new $20 bill with Tubman in 2016. The administration planned to unveil the new bill in 2020. The change would have marked the first time a Black individual was featured on U.S. currency.  However, the Trump administration delayed the release of the new bill by six years. Then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the bill would be unveiled in 2026 and would likely not be in circulation until 2028. During a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the Biden administration had plans to speed up the release of the new $20 bill.  “I was here when...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is proceeding to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. “I was here when we announced that and it was very exciting and hasn’t moved forward yet, which we would’ve been surprised to learn at the time. The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes,” Psaki said. “It’s important that our notes, our — our, our money, of people don’t know what a note is, reflect the history and diversity of our country and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” Psaki said. “So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort, but any specifics would of course come from the Department of Treasury.” Former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in 2016 that Tubman would be featured on the...
    President Biden hopes to have 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman adorn the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson. While in office, former President Barack Obama pushed for Tubman to replace Jackson, and in 2016 the Treasury Department announced plans to release a “final concept design” for the Tubman $20 in 2020, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Despite the effort, former President Donald Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, announced that plans to put Tubman on the bill were set to be delayed until 2028. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the status of the redesigned currency on Monday during a news briefing. Psaki noted that she was working in the Obama administration when the plans were first announced and called it a “very exciting” development. “It hasn’t moved forward yet, which we would have been surprised to learn at the...
    Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not move forward with the decision by the Obama administration to honor the abolitionist leader. With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, on the $20 bill.
    Mother Jones; Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Biden administration will resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced today. “It’s important that our notes…reflect the history and diversity of our country,” Psaki said at a press conference, “and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that.” The decision to replace former president Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman has been controversial since former President Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spearheaded the effort in 2016. While it’s unclear to what extent Steve Mnuchin, who served as secretary of the Treasury under President Trump, derailed the process for getting a Tubman currency into circulation, it’s fair to say the Trump administration was not enthusiastic....
    President Joe Biden's Treasury Department is reviving a plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill after it was delayed under President Donald Trump.  The decision to put Tubman, a former slave and noted abolitionist, in place of former President Andrew Jackson was made by the Obama administration in 2016. But last year then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said any change would be delayed until 2030 because of anti-counterfeiting technology requirements. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who served as communications director for former President Barack Obama, said Monday that Treasury would take the steps necessary to put Tubman on the $20 note.  'I was here when we announced that and it was very exciting,' she said at her press briefing.  'The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes.' 'A note reflects the history and diversity of our country and...
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    (CNN) — The Biden administration says it is “exploring ways to speed up” release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama. “It’s important that our notes, our money — if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday. Psaki referred specific questions the timeline of the new design to the Treasury Department. CNN has reached out to Treasury for comment. RELATED: WJZ Coverage on Harriet Tubman $20 Bill In a 2018 interview at the Economic Club of Washington, Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dodged when asked about progress with regard to the new bill, saying, “We haven’t made any decisions as to whether we’ll change the bill, or...
    (CNN)The Biden administration says it is "exploring ways to speed up" release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama."It's important that our notes, our money -- if people don't know what a note is -- reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.Psaki referred specific questions the timeline of the new design to the Treasury Department. CNN has reached out to Treasury for comment.Biden White House State of play: Impeachment trial date will give more time to confirm Biden Cabinet Here are the 30 executive orders and actions Biden signed in his first three days Here's where President Biden's Cabinet nominees stand In a 2018 interview at the Economic Club of...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is "exploring ways to speed up" efforts to redesign the $20 bill to feature Harriet Tubman, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.Psaki said Biden's Treasury Department is "taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes" but did not have any further details."It's important that our notes...reflect the history and diversity of our country," she added. "Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. "The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who had served in the Obama administration.Tubman's fate had been in doubt since the 2016 campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move an act of "pure political correctness."Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, however, said in 2019...
    Harriet Tubman, circa 1870HB Lindsey | Underwood Archives | Getty Images The Biden administration will revive the push to make Harriet Tubman the face of the new $20 bill, an effort that was shelved during former President Donald Trump's term. "We're exploring ways to speed up that effort," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday after being asked if the new administration would pick up the Obama-era initiative. The updated $20 note featuring Tubman, the former slave who became an icon of the abolition movement, was originally set to be unveiled around the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. But Trump's Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, announced during a 2019 congressional hearing that the redesign would be delayed until 2028. Tubman's face on the bill would replace that of Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president, of whom Trump was such a...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is "exploring ways to speed up" efforts to redesign the $20 bill to feature Harriet Tubman, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.Psaki said Biden's Treasury Department is "taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes" but did not have any further details."It's important that our notes...reflect the history and diversity of our country," she added. "Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. "The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who had served in the Obama administration.Tubman's fate had been in doubt since the 2016 campaign based on critical comments by then-candidate Donald Trump, who branded the move an act of "pure political correctness."Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, however, said in 2019...
    Archaeologists in Maryland are digging in Dorchester County for what they believe might be the home of Harriet Tubman’s father. Maryland’s State Highway Administration said in a statement Tuesday that archaeologists in the administration are searching an area southwest of Cambridge, on land that’s part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They’re hoping to include the home in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile drive with more than 30 sites related to Tubman’s life. “Finding Harriet Tubman’s father’s home would be an amazing discovery,” Dr. Julie Schablitsky, the highway administration’s chief archaeologist, said in the statement. “Being able to add a new chapter to her life through archaeology and share it with the traveling public is an honor.” Tubman (born Araminta Ross) was born enslaved to Ben Ross and Harriet Green in 1822. Ross was eventually freed, but Tubman and...
    CAMBRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — Archaeologists will spend the coming days searching a property in Dorchester County to try to uncover the site of a house that was once home to Harriet Tubman’s father, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration said Tuesday. The property crews are searching is part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge southwest of Cambridge. Officials said Tubman’s father Ben Ross was provided the home and ten acres of land beginning in the mid-1830s. Tubman herself lived at the home around 1840. If archaeologists find the house, it could be included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, the highway administration said. “Any artifacts the archaeologists find will mean so much to the community,” African American historian and community member Hershel Johnson said in a news release. “Even if they can’t establish where Ben Ross’s house is, any insight into how Harriet lived will be invaluable...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — For the first time ever, an academic department at the University of Maryland College Park is being named after someone. That someone is Harriet Tubman. In a letter to the campus community Friday, UMD President Darryll Pines announced the gender and women’s studies department will now be known as the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. “Harriet Tubman’s life and her dedication to freedom and equality speaks directly to the department’s mission, now and in the years ahead,” Pines wrote. Tubman was born enslaved in Maryland but eventually escaped and helped bring other slaves to freedom.
    The University of Maryland announced Friday it’s renaming the women’s studies department after Harriet Tubman – the 19-century abolitionist and famous female “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. “It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university's history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines said in a letter Friday. “It is fitting that this heroic Marylander is now honored at the state's flagship university. The department is widely acclaimed for its unique concentration in Black feminist thought and intersectionality, and it is the only department in the nation that offers a Black women's studies minor, jointly with the Department of African American Studies,” Pines said. “Historically, Black women have played a brave and critical role in social justice. Harriet Tubman's life and her dedication to freedom...
    Renaming the Department of Women’s studies is one of several steps that the University of Maryland says they’re taking to be more inclusive on campus. The new name? The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. “The original name Women’s Studies did not capture the breadth of the field today and so this name really helps incorporate all of the many programs, activities and commitments of the department,” said Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. She hopes it helps to bring awareness to Tubman’s contribution locally and nationally. It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university’s history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. https://t.co/6SgC4nmfsS pic.twitter.com/ldHhSiYSWF — Dr. Darryll J. Pines (@President_Pines) September 4, 2020 “She was born in Maryland and...
    (CNN)The University of Maryland has honored Harriet Tubman by renaming an academic department after her."It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university's history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies," UMD president Darryll J. Pines said in a letter on Friday. The American abolitionist and activist was born into slavery, but escaped. She later organized and carried out missions to free other enslaved Black people in the United States. Breonna Taylor, John Lewis and Rosa Parks are among the people Americans have nominated for Trumps garden of American heroes"Historically, Black women have played a brave and critical role in social justice. Harriet Tubman's life and her dedication to freedom and equality speaks directly to the department's mission, now and in the years ahead," Pines said.The university department is renown for its "unique concentration...
    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston social services organization named in honor of 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman that's been the center of a redevelopment dispute has been vandalized with graffiti, officials say. The Harriet Tubman House in the city's South End was spray painted with what United South End Settlements, which runs the building, called “inaccurate messages concerning the preservation of the iconic Honor Roll mural," according to The Boston Globe. The organization said it intends to preserve the mural despite plans to demolish the building and replace it with a condo development. The sale has sparked debate over gentrification of the neighborhood, with critics saying the Tubman house is an essential resource for low-income residents. The mural depicts influential Black residents of the neighborhood. The building serves as a community center for children and older residents. Police say there have been no reports of vandalism at the address. Copyright...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Council President and mayoral candidate Brandon Scott will represent Maryland Tuesday night during the roll call at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. On Twitter, Scott wrote the election is about getting the country back on track and that the convention is one important step in getting there. “I will recognize great Marylanders like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and cast the delegates for the next President of the United States, Joe Biden,” he added. Tonight I’ll be representing the great state of Maryland during roll call at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. I will recognize great Marylanders like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and cast the delegates for the next President of the United States, Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/MNbPtMNo31 — Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) August 18, 2020 The virtual convention, which was supposed to be held in Milwaukee until plans changed due to the coronavirus,...
    (CNN)Kanye West's campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday drew our attention with his appalling misinterpretation of Harriet Tubman's legacy when he said Tubman "never actually freed the slaves." Although his comments received much backlash, followed by an intense tweetstorm about his personal life and family, it was too easy for people to dismiss the comments as just a trivial viral sensation. Richard ReddickBut it's imperative that we pause and think about how his commentary on Black History gives us a great deal to process about celebrity culture and social media, especially during a time of heightened awareness to systemic racism.Some are probably wondering, "Why should we listen to Kanye to begin with?" The short answer is that it's less about "why we should" and more about "who will listen." Most have some familiarity with West's creative work. As a talented producer, musician and designer, he has a social...
    THE great-niece of abolitionist Harriet Tubman has said that Kanye West would be on a plantation were it not for the work of her ancestor. The comments came after a bizarre speech by West at his inaugural president rally during which he claimed that Tubman "never actually freed the slaves". 4West launched a supposed presidential bid at a rally on SundayCredit: Alamy Live News 4Harriet Tubman was a 19th-century abolitionist and activistCredit: Reuters Tubman was a central figure in the campaign to abolish slavery in the US in the middle of the 19th century. Born into slavery in Maryland in 1822, she escaped in 1849 and later made around 13 missions to rescue roughly 70 other people using the network of activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. West, who has frequently mooted a presidential run in the past, was speaking at a "campaign launch" in...
    After paying tribute to the late Congressman John Lewis Monday night, Trevor Noah moved on to a “less legendary political figure: Kanye West, hip-hop superstar and Kim Kardashian’s eldest child.” “Kanye has been promoting a new album-slash-presidential campaign,” the Daily Show host said. “And it has not been going great.” (And this was taped well before his late-night tweetstorm.) From there, Noah played a montage of clips from West’s 2020 campaign launch event in South Carolina over the weekend, during which he openly wept about almost aborting his first daughter and criticized Harriet Tubman for not helping Black Americans more. “This is officially the weirdest hip-hop beef of all time,” the host said in response. “You’re going to go after Harriet Tubman for not getting the slaves better jobs? What was she supposed to do, run the Underground Railroad and LinkedIn?”  He then congratulated West for finding a...
    (AP) — Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” comments that drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd. West delivered a lengthy monologue, touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina. Whether he is actually seeking the nation’s highest office remains a question. Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women’s suffrage. On abortion, West said that while he believes it should be legal, financial...
    Kanye West Disses Harriet Tubman At First Presidential Campaign Event: ‘Never Actually Freed The Slaves’
    Kanye West held a campaign rally Sunday, and his remarks included some inflammatory claims about abolitionist Harriet Tubman and a bizarre proposal to help families so fewer people choose abortion, according to the Associated Press. West is supposedly running for president, although he has qualified for the ballot in only one state, Oklahoma, so far. Sunday's campaign rally was in South Carolina, where he's seeking the 10,000 required signatures needed to get on the ballot in the state. He has until noon on July 20. The rapper is attempting to run as an independent, although his alliance with President Donald Trump and his views on religion and abortion make him somewhat of a conservative-leaning candidate. For example, West has been aggressively critical of Planned Parenthood, although he believes abortion should be legal. At the same time, West advocated for an outlandish policy to help families support children —...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people," comments that drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd.West delivered a lengthy monologue, touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina. Whether he is actually seeking the nation's highest office remains a question.Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women's suffrage.On abortion, West said that while he believes it should be legal, financial incentives to...
    DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) DeAndre Hopkins was not having Kanye West’s bizarre ‘campaign rally’ and clapped back with some common sense. DeAndre Hopkins is impossible to cover, both on and off the field.
    COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people," comments that drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd. West delivered a lengthy monologue, touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina. Whether he is actually seeking the nation's highest office remains a question. Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women's suffrage.   On abortion, West said that while he believes it should...
    Madison Summers July 20, 2020 0 Comments Rapper Kanye West held his first presidential campaign event in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday. A remark made by West about Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, during his campaign event was met with opposition. “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” West claimed during the event. Following West’s remark, there were groans and one person could be heard saying, “Come on man.”See Kanye’s comments below: Kanye West at his “campaign rally” in South Carolina: “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.” Loud groans from the audience, “come on man” can be heard pic.twitter.com/Q9g92UvZ27— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2020West’s comment was also met with opposition on social media, including from rapper 50 Cent.See some of the reactions...
    Kanye West stirred controversy with his comments about abolitionist Harriet Tubman at his first presidential campaign event on Sunday. At one point in the rally in South Carolina, where the rapper is trying to get enough signatures to appear on the ballot, West claimed Tubman "never actually freed the slaves," but instead "she just had the slaves go work for other white people." The remarks drew ire from a number of entertainers and the hip hop community. Rapper 50 cent tweeted "what the F--k did he just say. This is all Jay Z fault, Kanye’s first Rally. LOL."
    By MEG KINNARD| The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C.  — Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” comments that drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd. West delivered a lengthy monologue, touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina. Whether he is actually seeking the nation’s highest office remains a question. Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women’s suffrage. On abortion, West said that while...
    HARRIET Tubman is one of the most influential figures in the history of the United States. But who was Harriet Tubman and what was the Underground Railroad? Here is everything you'll need to know… 2Harriet Tubman was one of America's most influential figuresCredit: Reuters Who was Harriet Tubman? Harriet Tubman was a political activist and American abolitionist. Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman's birth date is unknown but estimates place it between 1820 and 1822. Tubman escaped slavery while helping others gain their freedom as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad. Known as the "Moses of her people", Tubman also served as a spy, guerrilla soldier and nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War. She is considered the first African American woman to serve in the military.  Early signs of her resistance to slavery and its abuses appeared in her younger years. When she...
    KANYE West was booed by his own supporters after launching into a rant about anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman. Audience members walked out of the rapper's first presidential rally in South Carolina yesterday over the "disrespectful" remarks. 5Kanye was booed by his own supporters after launching into a bizarre rant about anti-slavery activist Harriet TubmanCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Harriet Tubman helped to free enslaved Black men and women in the 19th centuryCredit: © 1870 by KEYSTONE Pictures West, wearing a flak jacket marked "security", took to the stage at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston and spoke without a microphone for his first rally since announcing his presidential run on July 4. But the rapper, 43, provoked the anger of the crowd after suggesting that Harriet Tubman "didn't free the slaves" and "just had them go work for other white people". But, after the remarks, an audience member was...
    A SOBBING Kanye West revealed he stopped Kim Kardashian from having an abortion when she was pregnant with their first child, North, in 2013. The 43-year-old rapper made the shocking announcement as he broke down in tears during his first presidential campaign rally in South Carolina. 3Kanye West has made his first presidential campaign rally speech What did Kanye West say at his presidential campaign rally speech? On July 19, 2020, Kanye gave a long speech at the Exquis Event Center in Charleston, when the topic of abortion was brought up. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West without my mom," he said of mother Donda who passed away in 2007. The Yeezy fashion mogul started crying hysterically as he recalled the couple debating whether to go through with Kim's first pregnancy. He yelled to the crowd: “She had...
    Besieged Benjamin Netanyahu Blames Israel’s Protests on Epstein Money Morris, Lodeiro lead Sounders past rival Whitecaps 3-0 Kanye West claims Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves at first campaign rally Contrary to reports that Kanye West dropped out of the presidential race, the rapper went full steam ahead at his first campaign rally on Sunday. West ranted about a variety of topics, including his claim that Harriet Tubman "never actually freed the slaves." © Robin Marchant/Getty Images At his first campaign rally, Kanye West also ranted about abortion, Democrats, and how he was hospitalized because his brain was too big for his head. "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people," the rapper said at his event in Charleston, S.C. One woman in attendance captured the artist, who's decked out in a bulletproof vest, making the remarks. "Yo,...
    Rapper Kanye WestKanye Omari WestThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Public debate on face masks ramps up Kanye West tweets picture of face on Mount Rushmore with caption '2020' Kanye West files for presidential ballot in Oklahoma amid uncertainty MORE on Sunday said renowned abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people” during a freewheeling campaign rally in South Carolina.  According to The Associated Press, the comments made by West, who announced plans to run for president roughly a week ago, drew some negative responses from the crowd of hundreds in North Charleston. The rapper has stirred confusion over the past week over whether he has serious intentions to run for president this year. During the rally, his first so far, he addressed a number of topics ranging from issues like racism to abortion and pornography. But one of the...
    Kanye West — who claims to be running for president — gave an emotional speech about abortion, bashed famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman and boasted about his IQ during a bizarre campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday. The Chicago rapper wore a bulletproof vest and had the numbers “2020” shaved into his head as he  addressed the crowd, revealing that he and wife Kim Kardashian West considered terminating their first pregnancy — but didn’t after he had a “vision from God,” according to a livestream of the event. He then began to cry hysterically as he said: “My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me.” “I almost killed my daughter,” West, 43, continued in tears, referring to the couple’s eldest, North West. “No more Plan B, Plan A,” he added. Speaking to a crowd of a couple hundred ticket-holders at the Exquis Event Center in North...
    Kanye West’s first campaign rally since announcing his run for president got off to a difficult start, with the rapper turned political candidate being jeered after claiming that famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. Speaking to a crowd at the rally in Charleston, South Carolina, West spoke on a number of different issues, including the reputation of Tubman. In a video shared online, the rapper could be heard saying that claims of Tubman freeing enslaved people was not correct. “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people,” West claimed. As Complex noted, the crowd fell silent after West’s statement, and some began to boo and yell at him. In another video shared by someone attending the rally, the person filming could be heard saying they were leaving immediately after he made the claim. Kanye said this and...
    Getty Kanye West hosted his first presidential campaign rally on Sunday. It was an emotional rally where he cried while talking about how he had almost encouraged his daughter’s abortion. He also talked about Harriet Tubman and claimed she “never actually freed the slaves.”  Read on to see that video and learn more about what happened. During the rally, West told the crowd that “Well Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she had the slaves go work for other white people.” Someone sounds like they’re yelling back, “Ugly!” and others in the crowd groaned. Here’s a video of that moment. Kanye West at his “campaign rally” in South Carolina: “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.” Loud groans from the audience, “come on man” can be heard pic.twitter.com/Q9g92UvZ27 — philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2020 On...
    The Office of Inspector General has confirmed that the Trump administration did not delay the release of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, as was falsely speculated by the New York Times in June 2019. The New York Times attempted to set off a political firestorm last summer in a speculatory piece, essentially accusing the Trump administration of deliberately delaying the release of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill. The Treasury Inspector General, however, found the claim to be untrue, affirming that the timeline for the $20 bill’s redesign “has remained the same since 2016.” The report reads in part: Additionally, based on Congressional interest, we reviewed the circumstances surrounding Treasury’s timeline for unveiling of a new design concept for the $20 note. We found that the former Secretary of the Treasury made an announcement in April 2016 proposing release of new $5, $10 and $20 note design concepts during 2020. This announcement was...
    Lucian K. Truscott IV, a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, has urged that the Washington, D.C., memorial honoring the third president be replaced with a statue to abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Truscott wrote in an opinion-editorial for the New York Times: The memorial is a shrine to a man who during his lifetime owned more than 600 slaves and had at least six children with one of them, Sally Hemings. It’s a shrine to a man who famously wrote that ‘all men are created equal’ in the Declaration of Independence that founded this nation — and yet never did much to make those words come true. [Jefferson’s] memorial in Washington should be taken down and replaced. Described by the National Park Service as ‘a shrine to freedom,’ it is anything but. In Jefferson’s place, there should be another statue. It should be of Harriet Tubman. Truscott’s plea comes as Black Lives Matter...
    A sixth-generation descendant of President Thomas Jefferson advocated for the statue of the founding father in the Jefferson Memorial to be replaced with the likeness of Harriet Tubman. Author and journalist Lucian K. Truscott IV condemned his ancestor in a Monday op-ed for The New York Times, writing that Jefferson’s memorial in Washington, D.C., should be “taken down and replaced” because it is “a shrine to a man who famously wrote that ‘all men are created equal’ in the Declaration of Independence that founded this nation — and yet never did much to make those words come true.” Describing his childhood playing at Monticello, Truscott characterized Jefferson’s famous estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a sufficient memorial to the third president because it offers exhibits on slavery and Sally Hemings, the slave with whom Jefferson reportedly fathered children. Truscott went on to denounce Jefferson for owning 600 slaves but freeing only...
    A direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson wants the statue of the founding father at his memorial in Washington, D.C., to be removed and replaced with one honoring Harriet Tubman. Lucian Truscott IV, Thomas Jefferson's sixth-generation great-grandson, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times on Monday, calling for the Jefferson Memorial to be removed because of his family's ties to slavery. He argued that Jefferson's home in Monticello is the only memorial needed because it provides the full context of his ties to slavery and his forced relationship with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves who bore six of his children. "At Monticello, you will learn the history of Jefferson, the man who was president and wrote the Declaration of Independence, and you will learn the history of Jefferson, the slave owner. Monticello is an almost perfect memorial, because it reveals him with his moral failings in full,...
    A direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson says that the memorial that stands to the 2nd president in Washington, D.C., should be removed, and replaced with a monument to Harriet Tubman, in an op-ed in The New York Times. Lucian K. Truscott IV said that when he and his siblings were children, they would oft drive by the Jefferson Memorial but never actually visited. Instead, he said, much of their exposure to Jefferson’s history took place at Monticello, the plantation where Jefferson lived and which is now an historical landmark and tourist attraction. Truscott says that his grandparents treated it like a family playground — which it was, in a way, as his grandparents and, by extension, he and his siblings, were and are direct descendants of Jefferson. Truscott went on to say that he juxtaposed Jefferson’s home with the monument that bears his name because he believes the former serves...
    D.C. Council candidate Marcus Goodwin, who is helping lead the charge to remove the controversial Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., told "America's News HQ" Sunday he hopes to replace it with a monument to an African-American woman, suggesting Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman could fit the bill. "We laid out clearly on our petition that we would like to see the statue put into a museum where it can be properly contextualized, and we would like to see it replaced preferably with an African-American woman because they have been grossly underrepresented in the District of Columbia where we are the largest demographic group," Goodwin said. "I’m a DC native, so I have special feelings towards ensuring that we have fair and equitable representation so that we are creating a future that lives up to the promise of our founding fathers that all people are created equal." DC'S EMANCIPATION STATUE WAS FUNDED BY FORMER SLAVES: REPORT The statue depicted Civil War-era President Abraham Lincoln standing over a kneeling black man newly freed from slavery. Critics claimed the image communicated the black man's...
    (CNN)Money talks. It's an adage ingrained in the minds of the American consumer. Our country's wealth speaks volumes when the US asserts its prominence on the global stage, and our President's wealth was touted as a credential for his candidacy during the 2016 election. Laura Coates But America's money tells a tale of power, as well as subjugation -- the subjugation of women, the subjugation of people of color, and the subjugation of history. America's money tells a tale of inequality. The delay in placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill speaks to that subjugation. It's telling that the President has responded to anti-racist protesters who have torn down Confederate statues in recent weeks by swiftly signing an executive order to protect the monuments of men who fought to preserve slavery at the expense of the union. Donald Trump has chosen to celebrate Confederates who fought a war against...
    (CNN)This was supposed to be the year when Harriet Tubman would finally grace the $20 bill. But the Trump administration has other plans.Despite nationwide protests taking place across the US calling for an end to racial injustice and police brutality, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Thursday that the Tubman design -- a former slave known for her work helping free African-Americans from bondage -- will not be sped up to be unveiled this year, according to the New York Times.The Secretary's remarks reaffirming his stance on the Tubman bill come despite the Obama administration's initial timeline that had the design of the note being unveiled in 2020 -- and amid nationwide calls for racial justice since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced plans in 2016 to replace former President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, with Tubman.A timeline of the life and...
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