Congressman Steve King wants us all to recognize the real racists, so he filed a bill to block the introduction of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, Think Progress reports.
King filed an amendment late Tuesday to an appropriations bill that would prevent money from being spent on any redesigns of the country’s currency. And he made it clear that his intention is to keep bills looking exactly the way they do now.
“It’s not about Harriet Tubman, it’s about keeping the picture on the $20,” he told Politico, even though Jackson’s image will still be on the back of the bill. “Y’know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have.”
He also called it “racist” and “sexist” to say that the United States should put a woman or person of color on the country’s money. “Here’s what’s really happening: This is liberal activism on the part of the president that’s trying to identify people by categories, and he’s divided us on the lines of groups,” he said. “This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine’s unifying. It says just don’t change anything.”
That's right, you read it here first. The "real racists" are the people who want to expand the faces on our country's currency to those who have been ignored for the history of the nation: women and African-Americans. Because dammit, they're the real racists!