It’s weird that a village in central New York state called Whitesboro would use a seal that depicts a white man strangling a Native American man to the ground, right?? The residents of Whitesboro don’t think so; they voted to keep their super-racist village logo last year. Even so, the village decided to overhaul the design to make it a little less violent. The new version was unveiled on Wednesday, and it is definitely less violent. However, it is still, uh, pretty racist-looking!
In the new design, the white man’s hands are planted on a member of the local Oneida tribe’s shoulders to make sure he’s **not** trying to throttle him, while still “maintaining the depiction of the historical encounter between Whitesboro founder Hugh White and a member of the Oneidas,” according to a statement from the village published by the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The statement went on say the new village seal also “corrected inaccuracies like the design of the headdress worn by the Oneida and making the attire of our founder more period specific.”
Sure, OK! Also, look at that lovely ambient sunset the village founder, Hugh White, and the nameless Oneida man are struggling in front of now as opposed to flat daytime blue. The struggle—an important event in the village’s settling that “helped foster good relations between White and the Indians,” according to the town’s website—also looks like a far fairer fight this time around, while the old seal depicted the poor American Indian just limply falling down to the white man, both literally and metaphorically.