Andrew Jackson deserves the front of your money


Justin Som

Save up your $20 bills because Harriet Tubman is sending Andrew Jackson to the back of the bill for a long time.

Justin Som, Staff Writer

Even though Andrew Jackson violently evicted many Native Americans from their lands, there is no real support as to the conjecture of him being an unworthy president. Having extended the nation to almost twice its prior size, the United States would not have been as prosperous without either his policies or his 12 vetoes of legislation plans.

Jackson’s removal of the Apache Indians and other native groups was certainly detrimental to Native American communities, but the decision of the U.S. Treasury to remove him with the excuse of “he’s had his time,” and replace him with Harriet Tubman, is a flaccid answer to a completely unnecessary predicament.

On the topic of why Jackson should be removed, a “select time period” for currency is not a justifiable reason as to the demotion of a president. Unlike the term of which a president holds office, there is no expiration date for how long one can be on currency.

In an interview with CNN, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew claimed that the reason for the eventual change was a need for “better security” and “not wanting to wait any longer to put a woman on currency,” but such reasons are not base enough to topple a man who at one point was the most powerful man in the United States.

Jackson, who was also the seventh president of the United States, not only allowed for the creation of the Jacksonian Democracy, which gave all adult white men voting rights, but also created the foundations of the modern Democratic party.

Lew’s justification for halting counterfeit currency is likewise unjustified. The threat of counterfeiting was a problem that was solved with the addition of the blue ribbon, which caused counterfeiting to diminish to only “0.01 percent of currency in circulation,” according to a CNN source.

Likewise, the belief that it is wrong to have “mass murderer” Andrew Jackson in one’s back pocket, is equally incorrect when considered in the context of our founding fathers.

George Washington, the “father of our nation,” is on the one dollar bill. Washington killed sleeping British soldiers in ambushes during the Revolutionary War, and Thomas Jefferson, who is on the two dollar bill, had over 600 slaves in his plantations.

However, it is only Jackson thus far that is being removed from the front of our bills; a man, who is being replaced with a woman who helped free African American slaves.

In conclusion, it may certainly be a woman’s turn to be on a currency, but demoting Jackson is the wrong way of doing so.