On January 11, 2016 the village of Whitesboro residents voted 157-55 to keep the seal that seems to depict a white man choking or strangling a Native American.
Village officials claim the seal depicts a friendly wrestling match between Hugh White, the town’s founder, and a member of the local Oneida tribe. Some have called the logo “racist” and “offensive,” prompting residents to consider several new images as a possible replacement.
Daily Show reporter Jessica Williams learned that in 1999 the village of Whitesboro had wanted to change the seal but no alternative submissions were received. Students studying Communications Design under Professor Cindiana Koren
at PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, NY created visual responses to the controversy. Marina Richmond
took the project a step further by collaborating with the Mayor's office and conducting historical research to preserve the identity of both parties to provide a more suitable seal.