Village seal changed due to racist charges


Last updated 11/16/2017 at 10:21am

Village of Whitesboro, N.Y.

The Village of Whitesboro, N.Y., recently unveiled a new seal, replacing one of a "white man choking an Indian."

Whitesboro, a village of about 3,700 in central New York's Oneida County, recently unveiled a new official seal in efforts to respond to a charge of racism. The previous seal depicting a wrestling match between the community's founder and an Oneida Indian chief endured national scrutiny as it was interpreted as a white man strangling a Native American.

Prompted by an online campaign disparaging the original, three-fourths of those voting in 2016 were in favor of keeping the emblem. However, within weeks the town's leaders overrode the votes, citing voters who had contacted city leaders and...

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