Twitter Outraged Over 'Disrespectful' Harriet Tubman Debit Card

February 14, 2020
Bank faces backlash over Harriet Tubman debit card.

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OneUnited Bank is facing heavy backlash after releasing a new debit card with a depiction of Harriet Tubman on it.

The Black-owned bank tweeted on Thursday announcing it's limited-edition Harriet Tubman Visa Debit Card.

In the tweet, the bank referred to the card as "a symbol of Black empowerment."

Twitter users were quick to point out that the depiction looked as though Tubman was throwing up the "Wakanda forever" sign.


Others blamed lack of diversity for the move.

"Do you guys even consider having black people in on these brainstorming sessions??????" @VinnDiggs92 tweeted.

"A white marketing executive from Beverly Hills came up with the idea of a Harriet Tubman Visa Debit Card doing the Wakanda Forever salute," @eugenegu tweeted.

And many found that the bank was completely missing what Tubman stood for.

"America’s largest Black owned bank that knows nothing of what she stood for,"@alovelydai tweeted.

"Y’all will commodify literally anything{*} Nothing is sacred," @RuthH_Hopkins tweeted.

"No thanks{*} Unless you’re pre-loading that account with some reparations funds,"@Skull_Squad_Vet tweeted.

Do you think the move was appropriate?

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