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Social Media Responds to Whitesboro, New York's 'Racist' Seal

As the mayor of a village in upstate New York is arguing his city's seal isn't racist, but social media begs to differ.

The mayor of a village in upstate New York is adamantly defending his town's official seal, which has recently come under broad scrutiny following the ongoing nationwide debate over the racist history of the Confederate flag.

The seal, which depicts a white man subduing a Native American, is, in fact, a representation of a friendly wrestling match, Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O’Connor stated.

“I am aware that people are upset about it,” O’Connor told Jackson Connor of The Village Voice. “Some have reached out directly to me through my village email. And if they looked at the seal and went with an opinion based solely on what they’re looking at, I could understand why people would have concern about it. But, [as with] everything else, I think you have to take all the facts into consideration. And if people take the time to do that and they reach out to us, or they do the research themselves, it’s actually a very accurate depiction of friendly wrestling matches that took place back in those days.”

For those on social media, however, the image is blantantly racist and indicative of a time when white colonialists considered Native Americans “savage” and forced entire nations from their ancestral homelands.

Here are just a few responses from social media to the seal as well as Connor's claim. To follow more on the discussion, search "Whitesboro" on Twitter or Facebook.

I agree with this frog's sobering emoji eyes:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

Well put, sir:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

I'm pretty sure even the folks at The Onion were like, "Wha? This is real?":

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

Yeah, uh huh, right:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

Reporter Aura Bogado has a good idea here:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

Last Real Indians took to Facebook to call the seal into question:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

The town really does put the "white" in Whitesboro for this Twitter user:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.

The mayor may think it's fine, but it's not fine:

Comedian AJ Foster, left, and comedian Larry O’Grady reenact the Whitesboro, New York, city seal. Photo courtesy Instagram.com.