Tubman pick divides Americans

Published on Apr 27th, 2016 by Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company | 0

Turn on whichever brand of cable news you prefer — especially during this contentious election season — and it becomes unquestionably clear that we live in a society that is strongly divided along political lines. Other than the approval rating of Congress (which stands at 15 percent according to the latest Gallup poll), Americans can agree on very little when it comes to the decisions being made by our federal government. Even moves that should be applauded universally, it seems, have an equal number of detractors. On April 20, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the first woman since the late 19th century to grace paper currency — and the first African American in history to be so honored. Tubman, a former slave and hero of the Underground Railroad, was also a spy and a scout for the Union Army during the Civil War. Still, despite being one of the most respected women in American history, not all are eager to see her become the new face of the $20 bill. According to researchers at SurveyMonkey.com , who polled more than 1,500 Americans, slightly more than half (56 percent) believe replacing Jackson with Tubman was the right move. A strong division was seen when linking respondents with their presidential candidate of choice: 7 in 10 supporters of Donald Trump disagree with the move, while supporters of Hillary Clinton (81 percent) and Bernie Sanders (85 percent) back the decision. Tubman, who was known as “Moses” for leading blacks out of slavery, likely wouldn’t be fazed by this division. She saw worse.