Residents of New York State Town Vote to Keep Logo Some Claim is Racist
Some have called the town logo of the Village of Whiteboro, NY racist and demanded that it be changed.
Residents of the small village in Oneida County voted on the issue Monday after controversy once again arouse over the logo, which appears to show a white man choking a Native American. The latest outcry came during the summer of 2015, when an online petition was created, demanding the seal be changed.
The Huffington Post reports that the petition was started by someone from out of town.
It seems, however, that the residents of the village seem happy with the way things are.
Patrick J. O'Connor, mayor of the Village of Whitesboro, says that the residents voted 157-55 to not change the seal. Village officials said the vote was informal and they plan to discuss the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.
The village's website claims that the logo goes back to the early 1900s. The story is that village founder Hugh White had a friendly wrestling match with an Oneida Indian. According to the story, White won the match thus earning the respect of Oneida people.
Originally, the seal depicted White's hands around the neck of the Native American. The seal was slightly changed in the 1970s, with White's hands on the Indian's shoulders instead of on his neck.
Joel Barkin, a spokesman for the Oneida Indian Nation of central New York, said that regardless of the backstory, people tend to see the seal as depicting violence against Native Americans. Barkin went on to say that it is an inappropriate symbol to represent a community.