Why Does This Town’s Logo Look Like A White Guy Choking A Native American?

Things that make you go hmmmm.....


This morning on Facebook, several of my friends had posted the above graphic, which was purported to be the logo for the Village of Whitesboro, New York, a small town in Onieda County in Upstate New York. As it turns that’s the exactly what it is.

Now, I’m not going to tell the people of this quiet Upstate New York village how to run this, but do they really want their logo to look like a picture of a white guy choking a Native American to death?

Seems as though that would have an impact on tourism. But that’s just me.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Just think, it’s “only” Thursday.

  2. Franklin says:

    That thing is ripe for a vandal to add a clever caption. Hopefully more clever than “I can’t breathe!”

  3. CSK says:

    Apparently the town modified the logo once so it looked more like a wrestling match than the original, which had the white guy’s hands around the native’s neck. Given that, they could modify it again.

    If indeed the symbol represents a friendly wrestling match that the white guy won, then my suggestion would be to have the two guys shaking hands.

  4. Tom M says:

    I love the irony in the juxtaposition of the logo and the name of the town itself – Whitesboro…
    That’s gold, right there.

  5. Gustopher says:

    They are just celebrating their heritage.

  6. Facebones says:

    I doubt many native Americans would call that an inaccurate depiction of their treatment by the white man.

  7. CSK says:

    @Tom M:

    It is, but given that the founder of the town was Hugh White, the guy on the logo, it makes sense. And he had good relations with the local Oneidas. Their current spokesperson says he doesn’t find the logo offensive.

    But again, an image of the two men shaking hands might reinforce better the notion that the relationship was a good one.

  8. Ben Wolf says:

    Are you sure this isn’t an episode of South Park?


  9. J-Dub says:

    It’s either racist or super gay.

  10. al-Ameda says:

    I feel really sorry for people who try to write fiction.
    You just can’t make anything up any more.

  11. @J-Dub:

    Fortunately for the Village of Whitesboro, today the Supreme Court declared its Super Legal to be Super Gay