‘The Daily Show’ Addresses Its Role In The Controversy Over Whitesboro, New York’s Official Seal

01.22.16 2 years ago 12 Comments

If you remember back to last week, good for you. You are a functioning human being. You also might remember a small controversy that spread across the news about the official seal of Whitesboro, New York. If you’re unfamiliar, here is a refresher courtesy of the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

The seal, which appears on village stationary, police cars and the village Web site, among other places, depicts Whitesboro founder Hugh White and an Indian wrestling. But the action taking place between them is not always clear. Some say White is pushing or tripping the Indian, others say that he’s choking him.

In reality, Mayor Richard Pugh said, the seal portrays a legendary, friendly wrestling match that White won, thereby gaining the local Indians’ respect. “It’s a seal that takes a little explaining,” Pugh said about the image that dates back to at least the early 1900s.

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