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Imagining the White House’s Black History Month Schedule
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:32:25 am »
Today, Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, announced that the White House would host a series of events in February for Black History Month.

I won’t reveal my source inside the White House, but I’m pretty sure this is the schedule.

Feb. 1: “Inner City Blues”: Donald Trump kicks off Black History Month by explaining the lessons blacks can learn from his interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Goin’ On.

Feb. 2: Film Screening, Birth of a Nation (1915).

Feb. 3: Postal Service Unveils Its New Steve Harvey Stamp.

Feb. 4: “So About That Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Rumor …”: A Conversation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Feb. 5: “Patriots Day”: A Super Bowl Extravaganza Celebrating Anyone That Has Ever Played for the New England Patriots That Is a Black.

Feb. 6: Keynote Address: “Blacks Can Be Racist, Too,” by Charles Barkley (Part 1 of the White House’s 4-part Blacks History Month “Healing” Series”).

Feb. 7: The 1st Annual Blackface Ball ($100 admission if you come in blackface, $150 if you plan to get painted once inside).

Feb. 8: Performance of Porgy and Bess starring Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault.

Feb. 9: “What Up, My Nigga?” A Funky Fresh White House Hip-Hop Party, DJed by Tomi Lahren.

Feb. 10: Chrisette Michele Concert on White House Lawn (Starts at 5:15 p.m., goes until dusk; President Trump will not be in attendance).

Feb. 11: TBD Chicken Event.

Feb. 12: Film Screening, Hidden Fences (2016).

Feb. 13: “The Future of The Non-Violent Black”: A Conversation With Ray Lewis and Sheriff David Clarke.

Feb. 14: “Black Love”: Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Donald and Melania.

Feb. 15: “Still, I Rise”: Cam Newton Reads the Classic Maya Angelou Poem, Followed by a Discussion on Why He Never Knelt (moderator: Frank Luntz) (Part 2 of the White House’s 4-part Blacks History Month “Healing” Series”).

Feb. 16: Stacey Dash Meet-and-Greet (tips accepted).

Feb. 17: “The Sugar”: A Look Back at All the Great Blacks Who Have Gotten Diabetes and Still Found a Way to “Keep on Keepin’ On.”

Feb. 18: “Sista 2 Sista: What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman in America”: A Discussion with Kellyanne Conway, Alex Jones, Ann Coulter, and Dinesh D’Souza.

Feb. 19: Film Screening, Crash (2004) (Part 3 of the White House’s 4-part Blacks History Month “Healing” Series).

Feb. 20: A Celebration of Soul Music, With Performances by YouTube Sensation Michael McDonald Trump.

Feb. 21: Kids’ Day (Bring your child for a once-in-a-lifetime photo-op with the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. and Steve Bannon).

Feb. 22: The 1st Annual “All Lives Matter Including Blacks But Not Only Blacks But Blacks Are Most Certainly Included As One of the Many Groups Whose Lives Matter” Rally.

Feb. 23: “From Marian Anderson to Candy Carson”: A Celebration of Legendary Woman Singers Who Are Blacks.

Feb. 24: “White Men Can Jump”: A Celebration of White Dunkers in the NBA and How They Ended Racism (Part 4 of the White House’s 4-part Blacks History Month “Healing” Series)

Feb. 25: “Black Hair, Don’t Care”: A Celebration of Black Hair, with keynote speech by Jimmy “Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan (admission is $100, or $200 to touch various black hair).

Feb. 26: “If You’re a Christian Black, You Have to Love Donald Trump or You Will Go To Hell”: An Electrifying Sermon by a TBD Black Megachurch Preacher Sure to Shake the Holy Water Out Your Jheri Curl Bae, LORDAMERCY.

Feb. 27: Donald Trump announces his plan to build ships that will take you back to Africa if you are a Black and your Social Security number is nine digits.

Feb. 28: Announcement of March, May, August and November as White History Months.

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Re: Imagining the White House’s Black History Month Schedule
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 11:00:41 am »
Friday, 14th June 2019
See a Design of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill That munchkin Delayed
by Alan Rappeport

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Extensive work was well underway on a new $20 bill bearing the image of Harriet Tubman when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced last month that the design of the note would be delayed for technical reasons by six years and might not include the former slave and abolitionist.

Many Americans were deeply disappointed with the delay of the bill, which was to be the first to bear the face of an African-American.

The change would push completion of the imagery past drumphf’s time in office, even if he wins a second term (WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN), stirring speculation that drumphf had intervened to keep his favorite president, andrew jackson, a fellow populist, on the front of the note.

But mnuchin, testifying before Congress, said new security features under development made the 2020 design deadline set by the Obama administration impossible to meet, so he punted Tubman’s fate to a future Treasury secretary.

In fact, work on the new $20 note began before drumphf stole office with the help of the Russians, and the basic design already on paper most likely could have satisfied the goal of unveiling a note bearing Tubman’s likeness on next year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

An image of a new $20 bill, produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and obtained by The New York Times from a former Treasury Department official, depicts Tubman in a dark coat with a wide collar and a white scarf.

That preliminary design was completed in late 2016.

A spokeswoman for the bureau, Lydia Washington, confirmed that preliminary designs of the new note were created as part of research that was done after Jacob J. Lew, President Barack Obama’s final Treasury secretary, proposed the idea of a Tubman bill.

The development of the note did not stop there.

A current employee of the bureau, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, personally viewed a metal engraving plate and a digital image of a Tubman $20 bill while it was being reviewed by engravers and Secret Service officials as recently as May 2018.

This person said that the design appeared to be far along in the process.

Within the bureau, this person said, there was a sense of excitement and pride about the new $20 note.

But the Treasury Department, which oversees the engraving bureau, decided that a new $20 bill would not be made public next year.

Current and former department officials say Mr. Mnuchin chose the delay to avoid the possibility that Mr. Trump would cancel the plan outright and create even more controversy.

In an interview last week, Mr. Mnuchin denied that the reasons for the delay were anything but technical.

“Let me assure you, this speculation that we’ve slowed down the process is just not the case,” Mr. Mnuchin said, speaking on the sidelines of the G-20 finance ministers meeting in Japan.

The Treasury secretary reiterated that security features drive the change of the currency and rejected the notion that political interference was at play.

He declined to say if he believed his predecessor had tried to politicize the currency.

“There is a group of experts that’s interagency, including the Secret Service and others and B.E.P., that are all career officials that are focused on this,” he said, referring to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

“They’re working as fast as they can.”

Monica Crowley, a spokeswoman for Mr. Mnuchin, added that the release into circulation of the new $20 note remained on schedule with the bureau’s original timeline of 2030.

She did not, however, say that the bill would feature Tubman.

“The scheduled release (printing) of the $20 bill is on a timetable consistent with the previous administration,” she said in a statement.

But building the security features of a new note before designing its images struck some as curious.

Larry E. Rolufs, a former director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said that because the security features of a new note are embedded in the imagery, they normally would be created simultaneously.

“It can be done at the same time,” said Mr. Rolufs, who led the bureau from 1995 to 1997.

“You want to work them together.”

The process of developing American currency is painstaking, done by engravers who spend a decade training as apprentices.

People familiar with the process say that engravers spend months working literally upside down and backward carving the portraits of historical figures into the steel plates that eventually help create cash.

Often, multiple engravers will attempt different versions of the portraits, usually based on paintings or photographs, and ultimately, the Treasury secretary chooses which one will appear on a note.

Mr. Rolufs said that because of the complexity of creating new currency, circulating a new note design by next year was ambitious.

He also acknowledged that making major changes to the money is an invitation for backlash.

“For the secretary to change the design of the notes takes political courage,” he said.

“The American people don’t like their currency messed with.”

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump called the decision to replace sackson, who was a slaver, with Tubman “pure political correctness.”

An overhaul of the Treasury Department’s website after Mr. Trump took office removed any trace of the Obama administration’s plans to change the currency, signaling that the plan might be halted.

Within Mr. Trump’s Treasury Department, some officials complained that Mr. Lew had politicized the currency with the plan and that the process of selecting Tubman, which included an online poll among other forms of feedback, was not rigorous or reflective of the country’s desires.

The uncertainty has renewed interest in the matter.

This week, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, where Tubman was born, wrote a letter to Mr. Mnuchin urging him to find a way to speed up the process.

“I hope that you’ll reconsider your decision and instead join our efforts to promptly memorialize Tubman’s life and many achievements,” wrote Mr. Hogan, a Republican.

And last week, a group of House Democrats demanded that the Treasury secretary provide specific information about the security concerns that were impeding the currency redesign.

At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which offers tours and an exhibit on the history of the currency, some visitors said they preferred tradition, while others were seeking change.

“For me, it’s not important enough to spend the money to change it,” said Jeff Dunyon, who was visiting Washington from Utah this week.

“There are other ways to honor her.”

Others believed that adding Tubman to the front of the $20 bill and moving Jackson to the back was an important symbolic move, and, for them, the possibility that it might never happen has been painful.

Charnay Gima, a tourist from Hawaii, had just finished a tour when she pulled aside a guide to ask a question that was bothering her.

She wanted to know what became of the plan to make Tubman the face of the $20 bill.

To Ms. Gima’s dismay, there was no sign of Tubman in any of the bureau’s exhibits.

The plan was scrapped, she was told, for political reasons.

“It’s kind of sad,” said Ms. Gima, who is black.

“I was really looking forward to it because it was finally someone of color on the bill who paved the way for other people.”
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