Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Tubman on $20 ‘a Great Switch’
NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrated the federal government’s decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill on Thursday.
“I think it’s great,” he said on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.” “Andrew Jackson was not a nice man to people of color.
“He drove Native Americans out of their homes in the Southeast United States and he was a slave trader,” Abdul-Jabbar added. “Andrew Jackson — we can do without him.
“Putting Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the $20 bill I think would be a great switch because she’s the one that fought for our freedom and our inclusion into the fabric of the United States.”
The Hill reports:
The Treasury Department on Wednesday announced that Tubman’s image will be put on the front of the $20 bill, with Jackson’s moved to the back.
“Americans care deeply about both the look and feel of their currency and the story each note tells,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.
“It’s a story that both reflects American values and American democracy,” Lew added of Tubman. “So much of what we believe that has changed for the better in our country is represented by her story.”
Tubman is known for her role in helping U.S. slaves escape to freedom during the Civil War. She also spied for the Union Army.
Wednesday’s decision also ensures that Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury secretary, will stay on the $10 bill.
“Hamilton is one of my favorite, probably the favorite, of the Founding Fathers,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He did so many wonderful things we still rely on in our country. I think it’s great to keep him.”
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