Alexander Hamilton’s Descendant Is Pouting About A Woman Sharing The $10 Bill
Doug Hamilton, descendant of Alexander Hamilton and IBM salesman, is pouting – yes, I’m going to say pouting – over the idea that his great-great-great-great-great grandfather is going to have to share his spot on the $10 bill with a historical woman.
Hamilton is calling this the “diminishing” of Alexander Hamilton (oh horror, how diminishing that his great-great-great-great-great grandfather would have to share his portrait space with a woman of historical significance in America), but then he’s going to be going on a whole Hamilton tour that’s going to include speaking at annual events planned around the date of Alexander Hamilton’s death in New Jersey and New York, as well as visiting a musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. Meanwhile, even the Fed’s Ben Bernanke is saying that it should’ve been Jackson who had to share the $20 bill and not Hamilton.
My point being, it really, really doesn’t sound like anyone is diminishing Hamilton or his legacy. Mostly it sounds like a bunch of guys saying that a man sharing a place of honor with a woman equates to a man losing honor. Which is sort of the whole point of putting women on currency, actually: To fight that regressive attitude.
Cool your jets, Hamilton, your great-great-great-great-great grandfather is going to be just fine.