Raven-Symoné Doesn’t Want Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

So, apparently, Raven-Symoné doesn’t want Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Her reasoning? It wouldn’t help America move forward.

The controversy all started when WomenOn20s proposed that a woman should be the new face of the $20 bill, and conducted two rounds of voting to determine which woman should earn the honor. Harriet Tubman was declared the winner, which apparently didn’t sit well with Raven-Symoné, who made her opinions known on The View, where she’s been filling in as guest host:

No offense to everyone that’s going to be mad at me for saying this, I don’t like that idea. I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface that I understand the history, I get it trust me, I was taught, I was in that culture. … I would’ve chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now. I know you have to understand history so you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t happen in our world because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. I would choose a different woman, no offense.

Raven-Symoné Doesn't Want Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

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The comment is causing controversy, since there have been plenty of comments online to the effect that, as an actress who’s consistently been on TV since the age of 4, Raven-Symoné doesn’t really understand the struggle of the average black American.

I don’t really have a side in this fight, if you can even call it a fight, although I see where both sides are coming from. I will say that Raven-Symoné’s rationale doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, in that she doesn’t make a particularly compelling case for why Rosa Parks belongs on the $20 bill more than Harriet Tubman. I mean, it’s not necessarily the worst argument to say that the struggles of Rosa Parks are more relevant to black Americans in 2015 than those of Harriet Tubman, but I don’t think she really worded it all that well. Both Tubman and Parks represent progress, so I don’t see why it has to be one or the other. They’re both symbols of the same movement. Ultimately, I think Raven-Symoné needed to make a strong argument if she didn’t want to come across as a contrarian shouting into the void. But that didn’t happen, so here we are.

But what do you think? Is Raven-Symoné in the right? Or is she off the mark? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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