And it begins.
The removal of white males from U.S. currency is underway with the announcement from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday that Alexander Hamilton will be replaced on the $10 bill with a woman, NBC News reported.
The announcement is the first sign of success in an ongoing effort to remove from U.S. currency what many on the left see as rich, white slave owners — also known as our Founding Fathers.
(Hamilton, born in the West Indies of Scottish heritage, was a noted abolitionist who did not own slaves, according to Britannica.)
“Our democracy is a work in progress,” Lew told reporters, according to NBC News. “This decision of putting a woman in the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”
Social media users weren’t buying it, though. One argued Hamilton’s biggest sin in the current political climate was being “a little too white for this administration.”
The incredible irony in all of this is that Hamilton was the very first treasury secretary and the creator of America’s monetary system.
The redesigned $10 bill is slotted for 2020, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
The announcement comes in the midst of Hillary Clinton’s effort to be the first woman president in U.S. history — a convenient assist from the Obama administration in appealing to the sensitivities of women voters on behalf of the Democratic Party.
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A selection has not been made on who will replace Hamilton. The public will be able to offer suggestions at the New 10 website or on social media using the hashtag #theNew10.
(For those eager to nominate Rachel Dolezal, it’s illegal to put a living person on U.S. currency.)
Online voting by a group advocating to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill resulted in Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, being selected. Other top choices were first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights figure Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Woman have been on U.S. currency before, with Marsha Washington and Susan B. Anthony having been previously honored. Sacagawea, a Native American guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, is currently on $1 gold coins.
For those who know their history — modern day progressives excluded — the decision to target Hamilton was not popular, based on the response on social media.
Here’s a sampling from Twitter:
hey, let’s take the founder of the nation’s financial system off of our money – some dumbass.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) June 17, 2015
@davidharsanyi Treasury made this move with no public input because it’s no longer crucial for ruling class to pretend to care what we think
— ryuge (@0ryuge) June 17, 2015
@davidharsanyi He’s clearly a White Devil.
— Birachel (@mcg0958) June 18, 2015
There’s literally no more apt figure to be on American money than Alexander Hamilton.
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) June 17, 2015
@amylutz4 I guess Alexander Hamilton was a little too white for this administration. George Washington better watch his back.
— ProLifeIN (@idideat4414505) June 18, 2015
This is appalling. If there’s one guy who belongs on this country’s money, it’s Hamilton. https://t.co/RrilTz6YBl
— Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) June 17, 2015
ALEXANDER Hamilton was the 1st Secretary of Treasury. Why would you target him?
— Amy Otto (@AmyOtto8) June 17, 2015
.@AmyOtto8 @FriedrichHayek Also Revolutionary War hero and huge anti-slavery proponent. @USTreasury
— Marilyn (@_MJMorris) June 18, 2015
Everyone asking why admin is replacing Hamilton.. Because fuck you, that’s why.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 17, 2015
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