On Hearing that the Trump Administration Is Delaying Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill – Ethan Goffman

On Hearing that the Trump Administration Is Delaying Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

As Martin Luther King, Jr. put it
Sometimes “wait” means “never.”

What do they fear?
that Harriet will bleed monthly over all those fresh, green bills
A bloody stain on our history?

To some, women are dirtier than money
dirtier than ripping
A bawling child from its terrified parents.

© Ethan Goffman


Ethan Goffman has poems in Mad Swirl, Madness Muse, and Setu.  He has published non-fiction as a staff writer for Mobility Lab and the SSPP Blog, and as a freelance writer for The Progressive, Buzzflash, the Baltimore Sun, Grist, EarthTalk, and other venues.  He is the author of Imagining Each Other: Blacks and Jews in Contemporary American Literature (SUNY Press, 2000).

 

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