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Money is racist [NOTE: This counts as my version of the apparently mandated Wednesday Lincoln post.]


Mine is, at least. The woman at the toll booth said she couldn’t accept it because it’s been “defaced.” Now, it’s racist, obviously, but it clearly hasn’t been defaced so much as refaced:

Of course, I received this unacceptable bill at the previous toll booth. Money that Jeff Goldstein didn’t de- or reface can be found here. I’m particularly fond of this envisioning of Andrew Jackson:

Seems like a natural fit.

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  • Your money may be racist, but my money has actual pictures of real black people not white people in black face on it. Except for the two cedi note which is just Nkrumah, all of the notes here have the Big Six on them.

    • Jameson Quinn

      Yeah, well my money has Mayan numerals on it. Which means that Y13B will hit in under a month and it will all stop working. But I have enough bottled water.

  • Craigo

    Why not Zoidberg?

    • SEK

      Well, 300 was one of the most racist films I’ve ever seen, and Andrew Jackson was one of the …

      • Craigo

        I can totally see Andy kicking a Creek ambassador down a well.

  • Jamie

    Is nothing sacred in this country anymore?

  • DrDick

    Andrew Jackson was gay?

    • Njorl

      Spartans were homosexual. They were not gay. They weren’t even mildly amused.

    • nanute

      I thought that was Geoff the gay robot from the Craig Ferguson Late Nite Show.

      • SEK

        Balls! (By which I mean, I love Geoff Peterson. I can’t believe I’ve never written about the times I’ve been to the show. Needless to say, Ferguson’s as awesome in person as he on the show. More so, actually, because he comes out and interacts with the audience before the show, introducing himself as somebody else, and remembering regulars. I went three or four times in a week, and by Thursday I was being greeted by a thunderous “YOU AGAIN? I HATE YOU!”)

  • thusbloggedanderson

    Now we know what at least one toll-booth guy does all day.

  • We Brits have Charles Darwin on our banknotes, because we’re evil science-loving libruls.

    • DocAmazing

      I held onto a Canadian bill with a bunch of kids playing hockey on it. Kids! Playing hockey! No Indian-killers or DWEMs!

  • The map of the Middle East dollar is strangely beautiful.

    • Halloween Jack

      The ones where the artist just used the bill as a canvas generally show superior technique, but they don’t have anything to do with the fact that they’re on money–the artist just liked the paper, or something. Incorporating the features of the banknotes generally seems to be much more clever.

  • Manju

    Of course money is racist.

    Bimetallism was one of only a handful of issues that managed to get spun onto DW-Nominate’s 2nd dimension….the one for issues that do not fit into standard left-right ideological paradigm.

    What are the others? Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights for Af-Ams.

    Just sayin’.

    • The Dark Avenger

      It’s hard to end a speech with “You shall not crucify mankind on a cross of greenbacks.”, Manju.

      There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.

      You come to us and tell us that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard. I tell you that the great cities rest upon these broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

    • Craigo

      I’d disagree that a clash between labor rights versus property rights, i.e., the slavery question, is not a left-right issue. Free trade is a better choice there.

      • Manju

        I was once debating DW-Nom with someone who objected on these grounds: the algorithm positioned a “yes” vote on Medicare Pt D as RWing. Opposition was Left. But expanding the welfare state is colloquially defined as a LWing idea. Yet Nominate flipped this. Ergo it makes no sense.

        So I pointed out the DW-Nominate was actually revealing an important ideological divide. It’s true, Dems opposed Bush’s Medicare Part D:


        But that doesn’t suddenly make them the RWing party, or even RWing on one issue. Dems opposed because the Republicans were going to borrow money to pay for it, or cut taxes under the delusion that tax cut will increase revenue enough to cover the plan. Opposition to those notions are indeed LWing positions, at least within the context of the US House and Senate. DW Nominate was exposing the fact that LWingers had become fiscally reasonable. RWingers had become deluded, or at least acted as if they were, by supply-side/laffer curve ideology.

        So I understand how you can frame Slavery and Jim Crow as “a clash between labor rights versus property rights”…with the latter being “right” and the former “left”, by virtue of definition. But that only exists in a philosophical vacuum. DW-Nominate measures actual history. And civil rights issues (for AF-Ams) did not unfold the way your philosophical paradigm says they should’ve.

  • The Dark Avenger

    Dems opposed because the Republicans were going to borrow money to pay for it, or cut taxes under the delusion that tax cut will increase revenue enough to cover the plan.

    That may be true, but many Democrats also opposed it as a give-away to Big Pharm, because unlike the VA, Medicare wasn’t allowed to bargin with the Pharmacy companies in order to keep prices down. It was a clear case of crony capitalism, and it’s unsurprising that Manju wouldn’t notice it, because it doesn’t exist in hiw DW-Nominate world.

    DW-Nominate measures actual history.

    So would a yardstick used to take the height of one of Lincoln’s stovepipe hats, and the results would be just as useful.

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