Judge Joe Brown says a Black man should be on $20 bill, not Harriet Tubman

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Judge Joe Brown is catching flack for speaking against Harriet Tubman. During a conversation with Umar Johnson, Brown shared his views on Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Brown suggested that a Black man should be on the bill, not Tubman.

“The status of an ethnic group is determined by its men, not its women,” Brown said. “And putting a Black woman on there before a Black man is insulting to the Black race because you’re saying the men ain’t worth a damn [if] you put a woman up there first.”

Brown didn’t stop there but went on to blast feminists. “They can go straight to hell. And I know they hate themselves ’cause they got two X chromosomes instead of an XY,” he said. “They are fraudulent, self-hating and they’re sick.”

Brown also took aim at the biopic Harriet, which according to The Hollywood Reporter, earned an A+ CinemaScore from audiences and $12 million from 2,059 theaters during its opening weekend.

“This movie is to soften the public up to the idea of taking a Black woman who freed slaves by leading them to freedom and getting her or another one like her on a $20 bill,” he said. “They can’t get a White woman, so they want a Black woman. They don’t care, they just want a woman, and it downs masculinity.”

Brown tweeted: “I respect Black women immensely. I’m prepared to die for them. However, our race has been kept in line by the suppression of its men. A protocol of slavery was to always recognize and promote the female and disparage the male. The ‘Lady-bill’ thing is a continuation of this tactic.”

But while Brown is fighting against the idea of Tubman being on the $20 bill, the Trump administration appears to be delaying its implementation. After former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew of the Obama administration announced that Tubman would be the new face on the $20 bill in 2016, Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, revealed that the design would not take affect until 2028.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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