[ View the story "US town emblem criticised for 'racist' Native American imagery" on Storify] US town emblem criticised for 'racist' Native American imagery Confederate flag controversy has Whitesboro residents wondering if it's time to change their official town seal.
The Stream· Fri, Jun 26 2015 18:49:43
According to former Whitesboro mayor Richard Pugh, the seal is
to portray "a legendary, friendly wrestling match that White won, thereby gaining the local Indians’ respect", but that explanation hasn't stopped the
debate on whether the image is racist and should be changed.
Remember when white men came to America & had "friendly wrestling matches" w/Native Americans? So sporting. #WhitesboroS. Thistlethwaite
A town. Called *Whitesboro*. Has a seal. Showing a white dude. Choking out. An American Indian.
...Is this real?
Name already says it all RT @aurabogado Is it just me, or should Whitesboro, New York, maybe change its seal?
Some thought the controversy was overblown:
@PhlyingRPh it's named after the person who founded it, nothing wrong there. The seal is a native and settler wrestling, it was a commonJacob Scott
My tiny hometown of 3,700 getting wrath of Twitter today for its seal- which is too easy to misinterpret
This is not the first time Whitesboro has been asked to change its official seal. The 1963 version of the seal showed White with his hands located around the neck of the Native American. The old seal was changed after Native American groups
a claim with the village board, saying it "demeans, disgraces and creates prejudice and distrust of Indian people". As a result the seal was re-designed, moving White's hands on the Native American's shoulders and not so close to his neck.
The controversy also
in the 1990s, when a village board member suggested a contest to change the seal, but no alternatives were put forward. In 2009, officials said the seal would not change.