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Racialized MediaThe Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Emma González-Lesser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479811076

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479811076.001.0001

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Redesigning a Pocket Monument

Redesigning a Pocket Monument

A Reparative Reading of the 2016 Twenty-Dollar-Bill Controversy

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Racialized Media

Catherine R. Squires

Aisha Upton

NYU Press

In 2016, the Treasury Department announced that its planned redesign of the twenty-dollar bill would feature Harriet Tubman, sparking jubilation from activists who had campaigned for female representation on paper currency. But the redesign also brought sharp rebukes from white conservatives, including Republican presidential candidates, who accused the Treasury of capitulating to “political correctness” at the expense of the honor and memory of President Andrew Jackson. This chapter draws from a previous content analysis of news and editorial coverage of the redesign to incite a Black feminist reparative reading to elevate Tubman’s radical legacy over narratives that affirmed her as a postracial icon.

Keywords:   twenty-dollar bill, Harriet Tubman, news media, Black feminism

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