On a recent episode of The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg shared her unbridled opinion on Maya Angelou being minted on the United States quarter. According to the award-winning actress, Angelou receiving recognition in any capacity is the poet’s rightful honor. Still, America can and should do more to highlight the Black women who’ve enriched our country’s history.
“But now it looks like the price has been slashed to a quarter, because now we have Maya Angelou on a quarter,” she said, adding, “And having Maya anywhere is a magnificent thing. But come on, America! You don’t think this is gonna make folks feel a little bit uncomfortable? We were on a $20 bill and now you have all of these powerful women, and you put them all on quarters? Come on!”
On social media, many agreed with Goldberg’s take. With the slew of social and institutional reforms citizens wish would be implemented, some believe Angelou’s recognition on a U.S. coin should have taken a backseat on the government’s priority list. View some of the Twitter commentary circling Angelou’s quarter down below.