Should Whitesboro Change its Seal?
The Village of Whitesboro's seal has been the subject of debate for decades but that debate has recently caused the national spotlight to be put on the village.
The logo on the seal, which features the depiction of a wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and a member of the Oneida Indian Nation, has been criticized by some as being racist.
Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O'Connor joined WIBX First News with Keeler to talk about the issue on January 12, 2016:
Since that interview O'Connor has said that village leadership is discussing how best to move forward and whether a redesign should, in fact, be considered. O'Connor has said that he was born and raised in Whitesboro and knows that its residents are not racist.
It is not me and my responsibility to wave my mayor magic wand and change something that essentially dates back 132 years. – Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O’Connor on WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning
It is not, he says, his responsibility to wave his "mayor magic wand and change something that essentially dates back 132 years." He does acknowledge the sincerity of those on both sides and says that the vote, though informal, was a serious one. It is his intention to mitigate the severity of the issue. He says a committee is being formed to examine the subject more extensively.
While some are calling for the seal's redesign, other residents are digging in their heels, saying that Whitesboro should keep the seal.
What do you think? Is it time for Whitesboro to redesign the seal or should it remain the same?
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