Twenties On The Nightstand

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If you have them, take a few minutes and read cultural critic Kirsten West Savali's The Root op-ed about why putting Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on the $20 bill amounts to pennies when it comes to the centuries of erasure black women have faced in American life.

My thoughts on this are a bit conflicted. On the one hand I completely get Savali's point that slapping Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on a piece of coke-dusted paper is not a magic bullet that will blow away the marginalization black woman have dealt with and continue to endure. But on the other hand, putting either of those iconic, heroic women on an official piece of U.S. currency could be daily reminder (albeit a small one) to millions of people of the strength and courage black women possess, despite living in a country that tried to strip them of their humanity.

Read it HERE and decide for yourself.