A new controversy has popped up this week, involving Harriet Tubman debit card. Coincidentally, this week also marks the Black History month in the United States. Let’s find out, how the two facts are related.
The link between the two statements
The Chief Operating Officer of the company responsible for the card, OneUnited Bank has been seen increasing their use of Tubman’s likeness. An American historical figure is seen on the card, with a pose resembling like Wakanda Forever salute from Black Panther. As a consequence, a lot of criticism and anger has resulted among a lot of people.
What does the COO have to say about this?
In order to clear the confusion and clear the air, Teri Williams says in an interview with the TMZ, “We absolutely stand by the card,” Williams elaborated. “I also think of this as a little bit of background because a lot of people don’t even know what OneUnited Bank is. We are the largest Black-owned bank. We’ve been in business for 50 years. We are unapologetically black. We really wanted to celebrate Harriet Tubman. We actually came up with the idea of this card back in 2016, when it was announced that she was going to be on the 20 dollar bill. The question that I have asked is, ‘Why is it that only white people are on money?’ When it was announced that there was going to be a $20 bill with Harriet Tubman on it, we said great and we would like to lean into that with a debit card with her image on it.”
Further clarifications from the company
In the initial press release, the company said, ”We have the power to place Harriet Tubman on a global payment device in celebration of Black History Month. This symbol of Black empowerment in 2020 will pave the way for the Harriet Tubman design on the $20 bill.”