President Biden wants to speed the process of putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson, who was responsible for the “Trail of Tears” forced evacuation of Native Americans from the southeast.
President Trump threw cold water on replacing Jackson, saying it is “pure political correctness” to put Tubman on the bill.
But what goes around comes around.
More than 201K people have signed a petition on Change.org, supporting the renaming of the 465-acre “Donald J. Trump Park” in New York’s Westchester and Putnam Counties to “Sojourner Truth Park.”
Trump’s real estate company bought the land for $2M but when it was thwarted in developing the property it donated the parcel to the state for a tax write-up.
Born an enslaved person outside Kingston, NY in 1797, Truth, who gained her freedom in 1827 when NYS banned slavery, went on to be a leading advocate of emancipation and women’s suffrage.
The petition notes that the names given to public property have significance in how we choose to reflect the character and values of who we are as a nation and people.
Truth represents the Empire State’s commitment to freedom and diversity. “It seems only fitting that a park stripped of the name of a man who incited insurrection should be replaced with that of a woman who fought against and helped defeat insurrectionists,” states the petition.
Sign me up.
The sky's the limit for the New York Times, according to CEO Meredith Kopit Levien, who has targeted the world’s 100M people willing to pay for online news in English. That’s 10 percent of the 1B global digital news readers.
Kopit Levien sees an opportunity to increase the NYT’s 6.7M digital subscriber base three or four fold “over time.”
She is getting a little ahead of herself. Her bullishness comes as the New York Times Co. reported flat Q4 revenues of $509.4M and 3.3 percent uptick in operating profit to $80.5M. Net income plummeted 84.3M to $10.8M.
That lackluster financial performance occurred despite a frenzied news period, which featured Trump’s nonsensical “stolen election” claims, global COVID-19 pandemic and the shaky rollout of vaccines.
The NYT did scoop up 627K new digital subscribers during Q4, but 202K of them were for cooking, games and audio products.
Conservatives like to rail against “cancel culture” but the idea of withholding support for companies and public figures after they’ve done something deemed objectionable does have its fans.
More than a one-third (34 percent) of Americans says cancel culture is good for society, according to a survey by Porter Novelli. That easily tops the 20 percent who say cancel culture is bad. Three-in ten believe cancel culture is effective, but overused.
PN’s “Business of Cancel Culture Study” does put a positive spin on cancel culture, concluding that cancellation is not the end but a beginning of creative a positive public discourse.
A good PR firm can get companies back into the good graces of their detractors.