Whitesboro Seal Scrutinized Amid Confederate Flag Controversy
A national website is calling attention to Whitesboro's official seal as the debate over the flying the Confederate flag on government property continues to unfold in South Carolina.
I came across it after a Facebook friend of mine posted the article/blog, found at HappyPlace.SomeEcards.com, that carries a headline 'The Confederate flag isn't the only offensive flag being flown these days.' The posting's opening sentence includes this line '...another example of how racism pervades everyday life in America.'
Officially, it is their seal, not a flag.
Nonetheless, the posting is critical of the seal, which is said to depict the founder of Whitesboro, Hugh White, wrestling with a Native American. The village's official webpage includes a history of the seal, which was once altered due to complaints about what it actually represented:
In an article of the Observer Dispatch, written by Joe Kelly in 1977, a notice of claim was filed with the Village Board saying the seal depicts a "white man choking an Indian" and said the seal demeans, disgraces and creates prejudice and distrust of Indian people. He asked the Village to stop displaying the seal. As a result of this, the seal was re-designed with Hugh White's hands being placed on the Indian's shoulders and not so close to his neck. The wrestling match 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. The new version is displayed on Village trucks, highway equipment, letterheads and documents.
In the comments section below the SomeEcards posting, some local residents defend the seal while others - many of whom are not local to central New York - said they thought it was offensive and even attempt to portray the name Whitesboro as 'White's-boro'.