Residents Of Whitesboro Vote To Keep Racist Village Logo
Residents of Whitesboro, a small village in Oneida County, New York, voted to keep a logo that appears to show the 18th century founder, Hugh White, choking a Native American from the Oneida tribe.
But supporters, who won the vote 157-55, say White is not choking the man. The emblem instead depicts a “friendly wrestling match,” according to the official village website, that was “an important event in the history of the settling of the Village of Whitesboro and helped foster good relations between White and the Indians.”
Not all are buying the long-supported explanation of the logo. Though residents voted overwhelmingly to keep the emblem, many are calling the image racist and offensive. In fact, this isn’t the first time the emblem has come under fire. In the 1970s, White’s hands were moved up to the Native American man’s shoulders to change the appearance that he was choking his “opponent.”