Blue Flower

Andrew Jackson $20 Bill

I have never made a secret of my disdain for those who have argued in favor of replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill - those who support such nonsense are in serious need of proper education concerning the Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, the most thorough democrat (small-d) to ever serve as President of the United States, and the man who wiped out the National Debt for the one and only time in America's history. 

But I do accede the general merit of such initiative - that American currency is dominated by "a bunch of dead white guys".  Sad though the recent news is, it does present an opportunity which I feel that is likely to meet with overwhelming support by the American public.

Proposed Gwen Ifill $10 Bill

The Gwen Ifill $10 Bill.

I propose her above the common suggestions of Harriet Tubman, Susan B Anthony, Rosa Parks, and the like for a plethora of reasons.  Not because she's black - favoring her simply because she's black is every bit as racist as discounting her for the same reason.  Not because she's a woman - again, favoring her simply because of her gender is every bit as sexist.  These are, of course, considerations in my proposing Gwen Ifill, but are circumstantial to why I believe she is truly worthy of such recognition.

Her parents were immigrants from Barbados, but she always identified first and foremost as an American.  Amidst legitimate racism and sexism, she proved her mettle - not due to so-called 'affirmative action' or any such nonsense but in spite of it.  No one ever offered her any handouts and I believe she would have rejected them had they been offered.  She EARNED every last rung of the ladder she climbed.

She so thoroughly embodies what it is to be an American.  That the hateful spite she faced during her youth and career only wielded as much power as she was willing to permit it.  That she, or anyone else, was capable of defying the odds and accomplishing her goals.  She never fell into the self-defeating trap of thinking that she had to rely upon someone else to remove obstacles or otherwise smooth her path, and she proved that dedication and persistence accomplish so much more than outlandish ideology.

She proved to all and sundry what it is to be an American!