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"Critics have slammed the Trump administration over a delay in plans to redesign the $20 bill to feature anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman, dismissing officials' claims that a push for "security" improvements was behind the slowdown.
After he was asked whether the Trump administration was still on track to meet the $20 bill's 2020 redesign deadline, which was established under the Obama administration, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Representative Ayanna Pressley that the new bill was unlikely to come out until 2028, citing "security features" around U.S. currency.
"The primary reason we've looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues. Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028," Mnuchin said, before adding that the $10 and $50 bill would likely come out before then.
While Mnuchin maintained the delay in the $20 bill that would celebrate Tubman, who helped free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad, came down to "security" issues, many have dismissed that justification as an excuse for what they say is a combination of racism and "deep-seated misogyny" at play.
"The white supremacists running this country are not about to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to have y'all contemplating racism and resistance every time y'all go to the ATM," said artist Bree Newsome Bass, who weighed in on Twitter.
"Y'all gonna get that good ol' agent of genocide Andrew Jackson," Newsome Bass said, referring to the seventh U.S. president, who is currently on the $20 bill."
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