“Causes begin as movements, become businesses, degenerate into rackets.” — Eric Hoffer, paraphrased.

Michael Gerson’s column in the Winona Daily News on May 28, suggests replacing Andrew Jackson’s visage with that of Araminta Ross-Tubman.

Political racism.Replacing Jackson’s image with that of Tubman on “the twenty” has been delayed, disturbing some dodgers like Gerson.

Who knows? Trump lies!

Trump’s delay is OK. Even forgetting “Tubman” is agreeable, for a number of reasons.

First, all is relative.

Secondly, racial politics insults Native Americana and every honest American. Not racist?

America’s first Congress compromised itself to gain a national identity — and funding.

Slaves were protected “assets.” Not so, America’s Natives.

Who slaughtered, dispersed American indigenous peoples, then took their land?

Wrongs never make rights.

The choice: slavery or conquest-based extermination. Both have existed for millenniums. Both are perverse rackets, hand-in-hand, with greed-fueled apathy.

Tubman replacing Jackson on “the twenty” is selfish, political “PC-ness!”

What does a “Tubman as peer” offer, besides twenty dollar — “pieces of silver?”

Is Native American (Wyandot) Eliza Conley lesser, as a “woman Indian lawyer?” Conley practiced law at the Supreme Court and also was a well-known suffragette (women’s rights advocate).

Why not (Chief) Crazy Horse? Memorialized in Black Hills mountain stone, “Tsunka Witko” was an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) leader; murdered, after being enticed into peaceful surrender. Literally back-stabbed by racist U.S. soldiers.

Does Tubman compare to woman warrior Lozen? Apache Chief Victorio’s sister actually lived in harm’s way.

Lozen literally took up armed hostilities against greed-driven governments, business schemers and politicians who used deadly force to segregate and oppress the righteous, indignant Apache.

Was it okay for U.S. “Buffalo Soldiers” and priests to slaughter Native Americans, while black slaves (detestable as that is) were protected investments offering short-term political clout?

Government’s ethnic extermination was directed toward Native Americans, not black slaves. Indigenous peoples bore the brunt of America’s past selfish, greed-fueled racist politics.

Brutalized indigenous America deserves commemoration, not Tubman. Shun the plainly narrow, racist based politics that drive racist rackets.

Even a Native American symbol (a “peace” pipe) is a more realistic choice. Not to mention, forthright Eisenhower, brave Cezar Chavez, an Ernie Pyle, and other “stand-up” heroes.

Nevertheless, neither statue, face nor symbol aggrandizes the immoral divisiveness of any minority — or majority.

Certainly, current times are not the past, and crabbing reparation-politics are strategically intolerable rackets!

If a “Tubman-Twenty” is acceptable, why not images of the murderous “Buffalo Soldiers?” Government “Hotoa Notaxeo-o” did America’s dirty work.

Which statues or memorials do we remove to expunge a wicked past and continues to undermine us today?

The soldiers who killed women and children at Sand Creek, Washita River, Wounded Knee, and the Mankato hangman worked for whom?

Defender or conqueror; slave or freemen; self-aggrandizing racism is evil.

The Tubman currency gambit is chicken-feed “PC-politics” that encourages the perverse racket that still infect us.

We’re all racist. Superficiality (politics) conceals corruption. Heed victims. Not mobs.

The dead speak, but first honest Americans must lift the cloaks covering our past to hear what they tell us.

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(4) comments


As a habit, I do research the topics. I only bought one book on Ross-Tubman. Have none on Jackson or Marshall) Tubman was not a US President, nor a Supreme Court Justice as were Jackson and Marshall (whom I forgot to my shame), as Kill noted.

My reasons for no favoring Tubman are subtle and different.

Tubman was a slave, she was also suspected of sedition (being an active traitor)

I have a number of books on Native People and formal efforts by the US to cleanse them...as Hitler tried to do with Jews.

I also have data on Tubman, sufficient to support the distinctions made, though Kill is right, I did mix "victim" and "victimized" without realizing it. There is a suble difference still. Slave versus Nations.

Times are (now) different! So generational change means what happens is diminished? How could WW 1 or 2 become mistakes? Vietnam was a disaster. Good or bad what happened happened.

Slavery affected us and still does, which is worse, slavery or ethnic cleansing...?

Frankly, to me, having a Peace Pipe from Redstone or Arizona makes more sense than Tubman and one cannot pooh on Jackson, just becasue he was a slaver either, just like Jefferson, Franklin, and so on.

Removing symbols and statues distorts truth and is unfaithful to history, it seems. But politics caved.

I am not a Trump person and his reasons for shoving Tubman off are, to me, racist, and he is the consummate dinger, so who knows what he will do to get a vote. (Same as how Tubman was listed.) All rotten politics.

The dead (killed) say much...pick your war...

But, past is past, learn from it and keep learning.

You are correct currency does teach (Your last thought is so-right), so let it teach, not incite!

Who affected America, or nation; who affected a few like a Tubman, Schindler or Wallenberg and were heroes?
Differences are subtle, indeed.

Tubman or Tsunka Witco?

We disagree. Amen.


I want Tubman on the bill. You two are clearly ignorant of who Harriet Tubman was. Do some serious research on her life. And interesting that you would try to divide two of the most oppressed groups of people in this country, pit them against each other. As bills are ubiquitous they are a way to inform.


Kill, you r picky but right. My effort was to help the redman against crabbing black politics which crabs for the head of the table at ever turn...always for free. The "gimme legacy" opposite side of the Trumpies, espoused by Adam Clayton Powel, Sharpton and the king of free from Chicago...and firms love it...new buyers. Watch TV adverts. Get very "Ralphness."

Marshall makes perfect sense, but maybe Lozen is better lesson. Always admired Thurgood, always. Went to hear him speak once and got sidetracked. Always regretted that.


Mr. Hive, Excellent opinion. Very toothy and I agree, Ms. Tubman is racial-politics and misguided, as you said. But all of those mentioned are the same, the Indians, even Jackson, who became President. All the examples you offer, except Jackson, are victims, which is your point. But who changed America? President Eisenhower did, in a way, and you mentioned him. But, Ms. Tubman, Mr. Chavez etc, all stood for the oppressed. Who stood for America positively, besides Mr. Ike? Black Justice T. Marshall stands head and shoulders above Ms. Tubman. Mr. T. Marshall was lead lawyer for Brown in "Brown v Board of Ed." A black hero who altered America, though he did champion oppressed blacks against "Jim Crow" laws. Justice Thomas should emulate him. Ms. Tubman is a poor choice and her backing is a political boondoggle easily bested by many. But, in a way, she represents a sorry political history as well. Her only claim. Your point is well-taken.

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