On Wednesday, Secretary Treasury Stephen Mnuchin said he will delay the roll-out of the Harriet Tubman twenty dollar bill until 2028. The bill was supposed to be released in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
“The primary reason we have looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” Mnuchin said in response to questions by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-MA). “Based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand.”
On Thursday, Ernestine Wyatt, a distant relative of Tubman, appeared on CNN to denounce Mnuchin’s political motivations. As CNBC reported, on the campaign trail President Trump described the decision to put Tubman on US currency as “pure political correctness.”
Asked by anchor Brooke Baldwin if she thinks Mnuchin’s explanation was legit, Wyatt issued a resounding no.
“No. I think to me it is — it smacks of racist rhetoric. That is what it smacks of,” Wyatt said.
“I think it is a nice way of trying to say we don’t want this,” Wyatt added. “We’re not going to have this. Under any circumstances will we have this.”
She further added that the administration has had more than enough time to solve any issues related to counterfeit currency.
“It is just another delay and a diversion for what is going on because he’s had time for this to happen in the very beginning,” Wyatt continued. “He said that was not his priority. So now it comes out when all the other things that are happening right now and I’m wondering, well why is that happening right now at this time?”
“I just think it is a diversion and also again it is smacks of racism.”
Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light
A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.
According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.
Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."
Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."
‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike
A 3-year-old girl was caught on video leading a chant of "better wages, more toys" at a the General Motors strike in Ohio.
Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 18, 2019
WATCH: 16-year-old Greta Thunberg rebukes GOPer who thinks other countries must solve climate change
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, faced off with members of Congress on Wednesday.
In a hearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Thunberg declined to submit a written opening statement.
"I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science,” she said.
Republican Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana tried to make the point that the U.S. should not curb its carbon emissions until other countries agreed to do so.
"Let me ask you a question," Graves said. "If you were sailing across the ocean and you were picking up trash along the way and for every one piece of trash you pick up, there's a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces, how would that make you feel?"