New York Village Reverses Decision; Will Replace Racist Seal

Village officials will replace racist seal

Village officials will replace racist seal

Published January 24, 2016

WHITESBORO, NEW YORK— The small Village of Whitesboro, New York will replace its racist seal that depicts a “white man choking an Indian.” The decision comes after online backlash over a January 11, 2016 non-binding vote 157-55 (74 percent) to retain it.

Supposedly the logo shows the town’s founder Hugh White involved in a “friendly” wrestling match with an Oneida tribal member. However, the logo became controversial after the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina last June.

After the January 11th vote, the seal became fodder for national shows, such as the “Daily Show” on Comedy Central and “The Late Show” hosted by Stephen Colbert.

On Friday, the village announced it would work closely with the Oneida Nation that is close by in central New York to replace the current seal.

Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O’Connor descendants of Hugh White have reached out to his office to let the village officials they are open to changing the seal.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, was quick to welcome the change in the village’s attitude on Friday.

“As we’ve always said, we are happy to work with anyone who wants to make sure the symbols they are promoting are honoring and respecting all people,” he commented. “We applaud the village leaders’ willingness to evaluate their own symbols and how to make sure they accurately reflect their community’s core values.”

Whitesboro sits 52 miles east of Syracuse, New York in Oneida County.

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