[Posted: 5 April, 3.05pm]
Harriet Tubman, the daughter of enslaved parents, was born in the 1820s in Maryland, United States. In 1949, she fled Maryland, but returned 19 times to help many other slaves flee via the Underground Railroad.
Harriet Tubman also served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. In July 1863, Harriet Tubman, under the command on Colonel James Montgomery, led troops in the Combahee River expedition and freed more than 750 slaves.
In view of a her various contributions to improve the lives of others, the US Treasury announced in April that she would be put on the new $20 bill. However, this has sparked many racist comments from racists. Racists on Twitter are commenting on the bill, suggesting that the new $20 bill is an insult, saying things such as "Removing a white from $20 bill to replace with a mudskin is an act of #WarOnWhites. Wake up, white man.#HarrietTubman". Despite it being 2016, and people becoming more open and accepting, racism has not yet been removed. People of colour like Harriet Tubman who have contributed so much are being looked down upon due to their skin colour.