The Village of Whitesboro, N.Y. has succumbed to public pressure and announced that, despite a recent vote of support, it will do away with a town seal many view as racist and offensive.Whitesboro, N.Y., in Reversal, Will Change a Logo Called Racist - The New York Times
The logo, which has drawn national ridicule in recent weeks, appears to show a white man choking a Native American.
On Thursday, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" aired a segment about the controversial seal, with reporter Jessica Williams at one point asking, "Is that pioneer choking that Native American dude to death or do I have something crazy in my eye."
Williams announced on the show that, despite the 157-55 vote to keep the historic seal, the village now planned to work with the Oneida Indian Nation to come up with a new emblem.
The official seal of the Village of Whitesboro in central New York, depicting a wrestling match between the community’s founding father and the local American Indian chief, has survived decades of debate and discussion.The emblem seems to show a white man throttling a Native American as he falls to the ground in agony. Local leaders have defended the seal, pointing to its historical accuracy, even as criticism and derision mounted.But no matter how much fuss the seal caused, it endured. As recently as two weeks ago, residents cast 157 of 212 votes in favor of letting the image represent the Oneida County village, which has a population of roughly 3,700.But what it could not survive, it seems, is widespread attention online.On Friday, the village said that it would work with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the creation of a new emblem.