Judge Joe Brown: ‘Putting A Black Woman On A $20 Bill Before A Black Man Is Insulting To The Black Race’

Judge Joe Brown: ‘Putting A Black Woman On A $20 Bill Before A Black Man Is Insulting To The Black Race’

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Former TV judge Joe Brown believes that a Black man should be pictured on the $20 bill before a Black woman such as Harriet Tubman. Tennessee Judge Joe Brown listens to court arguments in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, July 11, 1997. (AP Photo/John L. Focht)

Former TV judge Joe Brown, an accomplished U.S. lawyer, believes that a Black man is more deserving of being pictured on the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman.

Brown said “putting a Black woman on a $20 bill before a Black man is insulting to the Black race” because it is more about a feminist agenda than about the history of Black people in the U.S.

Brown spoke during an interview with clinical psychologist Dr. Umar Johnson. The topic was the new Harriet Tubman movie, “Harriet”.


“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. 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,” Brown said.

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A Black man more deserving than a Black woman

During the interview, Brown said Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were more deserving to be on the face of a U.S. bill than Tubman.

“The status of an ethnic group is determined by its men, not it’s women,” Brown said.” 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 )if) you put a woman up there first.”


A redesigned $20 bill is scheduled to be unveiled in 2020 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.  

The $20 bill currently has President Andrew Jackson’s face on it. During the 2016 presidential race, U.S. President Donald Trump called the redesign “pure political correctness” and suggested Tubman be added to the $2 bill.

Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, announced that the new design would be postponed and would not take effect until 2028.