In a new round of “Hotep Meets Hotep,” Judge Joe Brown and chief misogynist Umar Johnson set the internet on fire after Brown revealed that he has a major issue with Harriet Tubman taking her rightful place on the $20 bill.
“The objective is these feminists are trying to do this movie so they can get a Black woman put on a $20 bill,” Brown began.
The discussion, which went took place on the Valerie Denise Jones Show, stemmed from Johnson’s question regarding the newly released film Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo.
“This movie is to soften the public up to the idea of taking a Black woman who freed slaves by leading them to freedom and getting her or another one like her on a $20 bill,” Brown said. “They can’t get a White woman, so they want a Black woman. They don’t care, they just want a woman, and it downs masculinity.”
According to Brown, Harriet Tubman serving as the currency’s imagery is offensive and downplays the achievements of other Black male leaders who deserve primary consideration. Brown suggested other Black leaders like Frederick Douglass would make for a better fit.
“I got a big problem if it’s on a bill before they put a Black man’s face on one. I have a big problem with that,” Brown responded to Johnson.
“Historically, the status of an ethnic group is determined by its men, not its women,” Brown continued. “And putting a Black woman on there before a Black man is insulting to the Black race because you’re saying the men ain’t worth a damn, you put a woman up there first.”
Johnson does try to counter Brown’s point, but Brown stood his shaky ground.
Brown believes that women should focus more on becoming better mothers and take the responsibility of raising better Black men, as if men who fathered children are absolved from playing a role in raising their children as well.
“I don’t give a goddamn about feminists. They can go straight to hell,” Brown continued. “And I know they hate themselves ’cause they got two X chromosomes instead of an XY. They are fraudulent, self-hating and they’re sick.”
In his unfounded disgust, Brown has seemingly joined the likes of Donald Trump whose administration temporarily halted moving forward with the production of the $20 bill featuring Tubman. According to Trump, Tubman’s placement was “politically correct,” and suggested she be featured on the $2 bill instead.
In 2016 the Obama administration announced the decision to move forward with Tubman’s imagery but Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shared earlier this year that Tubman will not be featured until 2028.